MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Environmentalists are hoping you’ll count more than just the love birds this Valentin’s Day.
The Great Backyard Bird Count began Friday. The ColliervilleEnvironmental Commission is encouraging everyone to take part in the globaleffort.
According to the journal Science, the bird population has declinedby three billion birds in the last 50 years. That’s nearly 30% of the birdpopulation.
All you have to do is go outside for at least 15 minutes thisweekend and count the number of birds you see, and their species. Then log yourresults.
“It’s just like a treasure hunt. You never knowwhat you’re going to see. I’ve seen a bald eagle out here. I’ve only seen onein the 30 years that I’ve been coming but you just never know what you’re goingto see,” said Sheila Bentley with the Collierville Environmental Commission.
To get started, all you have to do is start an online free account with the Great Backyard Bird Count. CLICK HERE to learn more.