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For the Love of Birds

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March 29, 2010 by wcobserver

Adam Leslie

Park Interpreter Devil’s Den State Park

When you visit the park in the winter you can’t help but notice all of the birds in the park. Winter is a great time to bird watch. The leaves are gone and the birds are left exposed.  On a hike along the Lake Trail you can expect to see Tufted Titmouse, Golden-crowned Kinglets, White-breasted Nuthatches, Eastern Bluebirds, and many other birds. If you drive through the park on any day you are almost guaranteed to see a group of vultures circling above, also known as a venue of vultures. If you are really lucky and know where to look, you can find a Red-shouldered Hawk perched and looking for a meal.

If you are interested in birding in the park but don’t know where or how to start then join us on February 13th for a special event entitled “For the Love of Birds.” Devil’s Den State Park will be offering several bird programs for the public starting with a hike at 9:00 a.m. led by Sandy Berger a former Arkansas Audubon Society President who has been birding in Arkansas for 19 years. At 1:00 p.m. there will be program aimed at attracting birds and other wildlife to your yard. At 3:00 p.m. we will have a story and bird craft. The day will end with a 7:00 p.m. program aimed at learning the basics of birding as well as some of the more common birds in our park. Binoculars and field guides will be very helpful during this day of birding, but if you don’t have a pair of binoculars we have a few to lend out.

This event is being held to coincide with the Great Backyard Bird Count. This is a nationwide count that is organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society. By participating in the count you are helping to gather data on the populations of birds across the nation. These counts help to find out what species are declining as well as where they are during different seasons. The count is from February 12-15. You can participate by joining our hike on the 13th as well as by doing counts in your own backyard or neighborhood. For more information including a list of birds in your area go to www.birdcount.org.

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