SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Middlesex County invite you to take part in the “Great Backyard Bird Count.” 

This free event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, located at 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick. The rain date will be Sunday, Feb. 14. Beginning birders and experts are encouraged to attend.

 

Between noon and 2:30 p.m., Master Gardeners will offer guided tours led by advanced birders with “count sheets”.  These sheets will be filled in during the tour, and then collected and entered into the Cornell University database. 

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The event will be held simultaneously with the Audubon Society and Cornell University Lab’s “Great Backyard Bird Count.” Please bring your own binoculars and field guides and dress appropriately for outdoor hiking. Tour guides will be available to assist your party, or you can explore the park on your own. Please RSVP to evans@aesop.rutgers.edu.

  

“I encourage residents to attend this wonderful and informative event in beautiful Davidson Mill Pond Park,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Davidson Mill Pond Park has recorded 100 bird species to date, and we’d like to make the count even bigger, and to help scientists record the migration patterns of these birds. Please come out and help us make this the best GBBC ever.”

 

“The more people who participate, the more scientists will know about bird populations’ growth or decline over time due to habitat loss, disease or other factors,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. “Help keep our local wildlife thriving and our scientists informed at this fun and environmentally friendly event.”

 

The Master Gardeners will offer hot coffee for participants from noon to 2:30 p.m. within the park at the EARTH Center, home to Middlesex County’s Extension office.

 

For more detailed information visit: http://birds.audubon.org/great-backyard-bird-count

 

The County’s Extension Office is part of a nationwide network that helps bring the research of the state land-grant universities to local people. Rutgers Cooperative Extension offices throughout New Jersey are cooperatively funded by: the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers University- New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

 

For more information on programs offered by Middlesex County’s Cooperative Extension call 732-398-5260.