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. 17 at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick. The event will take place rain or shine. Beginning birders and experts are encouraged to attend.

Between 11 a.m. and 2 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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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.

The event will be held simultaneously with the Audubon Society and Cornell University Lab’s “Great Backyard Bird Count.”

“I encourage residents to attend this wonderful and informative event,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “About 100 bird species have been recorded to date at Davidson Mill Pond Park, and we’d like to add even more to that list. Please come out and help us make this the best Bird Count ever.”

“The bird count is not only a fun and free outdoor event, but a chance to help keep our local wildlife safe,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. “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.” 

The Master Gardeners will offer hot coffee for participants from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. within the park at the EARTH Center, home of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County.

More information is available online