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Posted on: February 5, 2018

Historic Mesquite Joins the 21st Great Backyard Bird Count

Bird watchers around the world take part, February 16-20

Mesquite, TX—Bird watchers from across the world will be setting up their favorite sites and counting birds during this year's 21st Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 16-20. In Mesquite, birds are abundant in Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 711 E. Kearney St.

Because of the variety of our fine feathered friends, Historic Mesquite, Inc. is opening the park between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., both Feb. 16 and 17 for those who wish to participate to come out and count. People who do participate must count for at least 15 minutes on either day, then enter the statistics at birdcount.org. All the data collected will contribute to a "snapshot" of bird distribution and help scientists study changes over the past 21 years.

Entrance to Opal Lawrence will be free those two days and those interested should bring out a lawn chair or blanket to set up a good space. A volunteer or staff person will be on hand to assist anyone who has problems entering the data.

Learn all about the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) at birdcount.org, where downloadable instructions are available. The GBBC is a join project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audobon Society, with partner Bird Studies Canada. The count is made possible in part by sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited. For more information, call 972-216-6468.

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