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February 7, 2018 Page 3B aR epOrter MONROE OUTDOORS by Terry W, Johnson :,or four days 17-20), thousands of people throughout the world will become citizen scientists. They will be tak- ingtimeout [ Of their busy sehe lules tO part:c:-: : :, patei n!the: 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count. The name of the count is actually a 'misnomer. iAlthough many people count the birds they spot in their backyards, others count birds anywhere they find them whether it be on a wildlife management area, along a city street, in a park, or on a farm. What I':like about the count is that folks of all ages and skill levels can take part: The count is also a lot of fun, doesn't cost a dime, and can take as little as 15 minutes of your time. If that isn't enough,many would. In addition, the data you collect will tree swallows wintered as assist biologists withfar north as Long Island. the Cornell UniversitySince the 20-year-old School of Ornithology GBBC went global five and National Audubon years ago, the scope of Society to learn more this survey is mind-bog- about the world's birdgling. For example, last population. Asyear 214,018 participants such, this data living in more than 140 helps them countries ranging from monitor how Armenia to Zimbabwe the winter dis- spotted 5,940 species. tributions andSome 671 species were movements seen in the United States of many birds alone. ,are changing.The list of the birds For exam- most frequently reported ple, in 2017 on checklists submitted Terry W. Johnsonthe eastern from the United States United States during the 2017 GBBC enjoyed one were northern cardinal of the warmest winters" (52,422), American crow on record. Apparently, in (47,275), mourning dove response to these warm(47,076), dark-eyed junco temperatures, some spe- (42,208), downy wood- cies, such as red-winged pecker (38;760), blue jay blackbirds and common (38,402), black-capped grackles began their chickadee (36,417), northward migration ear- house finch (35,889), and lier than normal, white-breasted nuthatch In addition, with many(32,598). lakes in the northern A total of 210 species United States remain- were reported in Georgia ing ice-free, thousands on the 2017 GBBC. of waterfowl and otherLocally, 66 species were waterbirds did not move seen in Monroe County. as far south as they nor- Out of our neighboring Although it was not in the nine most frequently seen birds in the U.S. Great Back- yard Bird Count last year, it is one of the most beautiful birds you can see in Monroe County if you join the Count. (Photo/Terry Johnson) counties, we were out- done only by the volun- teers in Bibb; they tallied 97 species. Here is how the other counties fared: Lamar (45), Jones (43), and Crawford (13). If you would like to join the growing army of folks taking part in the GBBC, the first thing you need visit the count's website to do is to select an area prior to carrying out your where you want to con- first survey. The site will duct your count. You are provide you invaluable the one who determines information regarding the how much area you will count as wen as tips on cover. You can survey the conducting counts. whole county, Forsyth, One of the most fasci- Culloden, High Falls, nating aspects of the site Smart, your neighbor- is that you can literally hood, or just your back- view the progress of the yard. count. Colorful maps Keep in mind; you can offer a real time glimpse survey more than one at what is being submit- area. In addition, you can ted throughout the state survey the same localesand nation. each day of the count. I hope you join the It is also your call as to GBBC survey team as how much time you want is great way to enjoy to spend counting birds, nature while helping The only requirement isconserve the birds that you survey for a mini- enhance our quality of mum of 15 minutes, life. Once you complete a survey, you simply report Terry Johnson is your sightings at the GBBC website (bird- the retired Program After having Manager of the Georgia taken part in literallyNongame-Endangered hundreds of counts and Wildlife Program. He being a veteran of hun- has written the infor- dreds of wildlife surveys, believe me when I tell mative column 'Monroe you it doesn't get any Outdoors'for the simpler than that. Reporter for many years. If you have never par- ticipated in the GBBC Email him at tjwood- before, I suggest you * Spring. Monroe rec baseball/softball sign-ups to end on Fri Feb. 16 "' The Mo oe County provide: a glove, a hel- (includes 6U and T-Ball) and Softball Coaches Recreation Department met with a mask, cleats on Monday, Feb. 26; Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. HVAC Service all brands Installation Mike Weeks & will continue registration and pants: Parents Opening Day Ceremony 20 at 6 p.m.; Softball 9U for spring baseball and should check with their (ages 5-12 only) on Assessments (Staff) on fast pitch softball through coaches first to see what Saturday, March 24; First Friday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 16. color their child's team Game (includes 6U and Softball 12U Assessments The cost of registra- will want before buying T-Ball) on Monday, March(Coaches) on Friday, Feb. tion tarts at $30 with pants. 26; Last Day of Season on 23 at 7 p.m.; Practice an additional $10 fee for Tentative dates for Tuesday, May 22. Starts on Monday, out-of-town participants, the spring rec baseball Tentative dates for the Feb. 26; Opening Day Persons can register season include: Baseball spring Tiny Tots sea- Ceremony (ages 5-12 online at Coaches Meeting on son include: Tiny Tots only) on Saturday, Age groups will include: Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Selections (Rec Staff) on March 24; First Game Tots T-Ball -- 3-4 7 p.m.; Baseball 8U Monday, March 19; Tiny on Tuesday, March 27; year-aids co-ed, T-Ball Assessments (Staff) onTots Practice Starts on Last Day of Season on Baseball-, 5-6-year: Saturday, Feb. 24 at Tuesday, March 20; Tiny Tuesday, May 22. old co-ed and Baseball/ 11 a.m Baseball 10U Tots Season Opening Anyone with ques- S0ftb, all -= 7-12 year-aids. Assessments (Coaches) Day on Tuesday, April 10; tions please feel free Baseball ages are as of on Saturday, Feb. 24 at " Tiny Tots End of Season call the Monroe County May 1, 2018 while soft- 1 p.m.; Baseball 12U on Saturday, May 26. Recreation Department ball ages are as of Jan. 1, Assessments (Coaches) Tentative dates for the at (478) 994-7795 or visit 2018. on Saturday, Feb. 24 at spring softball season the website at mocorec. Parents will need to 2 p.m.; Practice Starts include: Tiny Tots, T-Ball org. NEI'E Certifledm Indoor Air Qualib" Preventive Maintenmace Replacements Refrigeration Cooking Equipment Commercial Kitchen Repairs BFAD Dealer Financing Available with Great Rates Mark McCranie Sen~ng U/a~le ~ 18 ywsl ~&l~ Charlie Pelt, Agent 12 E. Johnston Street . Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-9600 Auto Home Life Long Term Care Medicare Supplement Vehicle Loans Mortgages Call for a quote today! Save up to 40%! Meyer Cardiology, PC Dr. Thomas Meyer, Cardiologist Monroe Regional Medical Complex 120 N. 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