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The Great Backyard Bird Count 2024

Dates: 2/16/2024 - 2/19/2024
Times: 9:00 AM- 4:00PM each day
Price: Included with Price of Admission

The Little Rock Zoo invites you to join in the global project known as the The Great Backyard Bird Count.  Started in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real time. To learn more and to participate in this global event, visit https://www.birdcount.org/

Schedule of Events (included in regular admission):

Be sure to check our social media pages throughout the week for additional fun and resources!

Saturday, Feb 17: Raptors (Birds of Prey)

10:00-12:00: Awareness table in front plaza with activities

10:30-11:00: Binoculars and Birds Tour

11:00: Ambassador animal meet-n-greet (weather permitting)

Sunday, Feb 18: Owls

10:00-12:00: Awareness table in front plaza with activities

10:30-11:00: Binoculars and Birds Tour

11:00: Ambassador animal meet-n-greet (weather permitting)

As members of our ecosystems, birds play many roles, including as predators, pollinators, scavengers, seed dispersers, seed predators, and ecosystem engineers. Whether you’re participating at home or at the Zoo, there are many ways to help local birds. Pick which of these works best for you and your family to be mindful stewards of nature:

  1. Feed Responsibly: Provide nourishment through bird feeders stocked with a variety of seeds specific to your area. Opt for sustainable, locally-sourced birdseed to support both the birds and the environment.
  2. Create Safe Havens: Design your garden to be bird-friendly by incorporating native plants. These not only attract local species but also provide a haven for nesting and resting.
  3. Providing Water: Install bird baths to ensure our feathered friends have a clean and accessible water source. Fresh water is crucial, especially during winter months when natural sources may freeze.
  4. Record and Report: Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count by documenting the species you observe. Your data contributes to vital research that helps scientists understand and protect bird populations.
  5. Mitigate Collisions: Make windows visible to birds by using decals or other bird-friendly solutions. This small act can prevent unnecessary collisions that often prove fatal.
  6. Say No to Pesticides: Choose natural alternatives to pesticides in your yard. This safeguards not only the birds but the entire ecosystem that depends on a delicate balance of flora and fauna.
  7. Educate and Inspire: Share your passion for birds with friends and family. By spreading awareness, we can inspire a collective commitment to conserving the diverse array of bird species that enrich our lives.

* Please confirm directly with the promoter or box office to ensure event details have not changed.

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