Calling All Birders…Let’s Flock Together!

A bird sits upon a child's head while the child looks through binoculars

Calling All Birders…Let’s Flock Together!

It’s that time of year nationally when all birders gather together to assist with the avian version of a census. With the first bird count in the U.S. over a century ago, we have received a tremendous amount of data and gained valuable knowledge but only because of the commitment of volunteers like you that love our feathered friends!

No worries, if you are a novice birder. You will “flock” with other experienced birders that will share their knowledge and birding skills. And thanks to technology, there’s an app for birding! If you have an iPhone or Andriod device, you can use technology to assist you with the free app, Merlin Bird Id, created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. By answering 5 simple questions about the bird observed, the app will suggest the most likely species seen. How awesome!

Join an ever growing covey of birders at these upcoming counts: Sat., December 23, 8:00 a.m. – noon or 5:00 p.m. — Western Hamilton County Sat., December 30, 8:00 a.m. – noon or 5:00 p.m. — Eastern Hamilton County Full or half-day birders welcome. Binoculars and ID books are available to borrow. For more information and meeting locations, please contact Erin Morris at 321-6070 or email erin.morris@cincinnati-oh.gov by Dec. 21.