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. 14 at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, located at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ (rain date Sunday, Feb. 15).

 Beginning birders and experts are encouraged to attend. The start time is not formal. Rather, the Master Gardeners encourage people to use the park’s nearly 400 acres of wooded trails and fields for their count. 

 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. A tour guide can be provided, or you can strike off on your own. Please let the organizer know you are interested in attending by e-mailing evans@aesop.rutgers.edu.

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  “I encourage residents to attend this wonderful and informative event in beautiful Davidson Mill Pond Park,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Help make this the biggest GBBC ever!  Davidson Mill Pond Park has recorded 100 bird species to date!  Be a part of helping scientists record migration patterns.”

 “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. 

 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

 If you are not familiar with your local Extension office, it is part of a nationwide network that brings 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 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 the Middlesex County’s Cooperative Extension call 732-398-5260