Ocean Isle Beach, NC – A fun and educational workshop designed to get the community involved in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 15, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina.
Learn more about this amazing event — why and how it is done and how you and your family can participate in it. You will learn what birds you are likely to see in this area, how to identify different bird species and how to count birds and report your results. And, for your convenience, the museum gift shop sells bird identification reference books.
Longtime Museum of Coastal Carolina volunteer Kurt Hugelmeyer will explain the rules of the event, where to find the forms, how to fill them out and how to submit them. He will also share slides of birds that can be seen in our area during February.
A retired dentist from NY, Kurt Hugelmeyer has lived in this area since 1998. His hobbies include bird watching, growing orchids and singing in three choirs. Kurt has led many bird walks for the museum and has participated in the Audubon Christmas bird count for 20 years.
The Great Backyard Bird Count draws lots of participation from the community – and it can be done in your own backyard or just about anywhere! This year’s count begins on Valentine’;s Day, February 14, and continues through Monday, February 17. Volunteers from around the world count the birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and then enter their checklists at birdcount.org.
Held each February, the event is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.
The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach. Admission is free for members, active duty military and disabled veterans plus one guest (must include military ID cardholder). Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for ages 2 and under.
For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina or Ingram Planetarium, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.