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  1. Don’t Forget the Herons ​

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    February 13, 2012 by Joseph C. Neal

    The annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) begins Friday, Feb. 17 and goes through the weekend. I’m going to Devil’s Den State Park on Friday to get things started. Y’all Observer readers are mighty welcome. I’ll meet anyone interested in the parking area adjacent Lee Creek bridge in the park at 9 a.m. This is a user-friendly event. You are welcome to come for as little or as much of the day as you want. Yes, it’s OK to just stay 30 minutes. You can even come late and join us after the “official” start, but in that case you’ll have to hunt us up. You don’t need to be some kind of smart alecky bird expert to be a “citizen scientist” on Friday or for that matter, anytime through the weekend. Just being interested and having a little time is enough. It’s also almost too easy to be real. In terms of effort and inconvenience, this will rival having to heft off the couch in search of the channel changer. That is, you will have to shake a leg to participate on Friday, but not too hard. And best of all, it will be fun. Everyone’s effort for GBBC will help …

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