Be Part of the Global 'Great Backyard Bird Count' with Feb. 18 Program

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Be Part of the Global 'Great Backyard Bird Count' with Feb. 18 Program

Bird Watchers of All Ages Invited to Participate in Free Global Event 

(Jan. 31, 2018) — Be a part of the global “Great Backyard Bird Count” at a special Forest Preserve District of DuPage County bird walk on Sunday, Feb. 18 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Darien.

Join a Forest Preserve District ranger to look for different species and then record your sightings with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society at Last year, more than 214,000 participants submitted observations during the four-day event, creating the largest snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.

“Anyone can be a part of this great global effort and have fun and learn more about birds while you’re at it,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Linda Painter, District 3.

“Grab a pair of binoculars and join us for this international birding event without leaving DuPage County,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore.

The program is for all ages, but those under 18 should be accompanied by an adult.
Register online or at 630-933-7248. Participants should meet at the waterfall parking lot on Bluff Road. Bring water, dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes for this moderately paced walk, which may go along uneven turf trails.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


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