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Become a citizen scientist with the CNC and F

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    Learn skills to identify birds such as the meadowlark by sight and sound as a citizen scientist and in a beginning birding 101 class.

Become a citizen scientist and make a difference! Learn how to monitor bird nests safely and properly, and contribute towards the conservation and study of birds by joining the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch program. A volunteer training session will be held at Herff Farm on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Whether in a shrub, a tree or a nest box, bird nests are all around us. By monitoring a nearby nest you can help scientists study the biology of North America’s birds and how it might be changing over time.

Every spring and summer, volunteers from across the country visit nests and report their findings to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch program. As a NestWatcher, you keep tabs on bird family life, following the progression from incubated eggs, to fuzzy chicks, to gawky youngsters ready to take their first fluttering flight.

Your data is then submitted online where it is added to a continually growing database that is used to monitor bird populations and study their behavior. Through our collective efforts, we aim to better understand how and why bird populations thrive and decline so that ultimately we can take the necessary steps to conserve birds everywhere. Together we can make a difference.

The Cibolo Nature Center and Farm and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology will be offering a training session for NestWatch volunteers. In this program, you will learn more about NestWatch and how you can participate, including tips on how to safely locate and monitor nests. Please RSVP at www. cibolo.org Upcoming Events or inquire with Donna@cibolo.org.

For more about NestWatch, please visit www.nestwatch.org.