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Citizen Scientists: Great Backyard Bird Count

YES Club Citizen Scientists!

Passionate about nature, YES Club students aren’t content to just learn about ecosystems. They love to get their hands dirty and be part of making a difference in our community. This past month, club members met up with volunteers at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. There they worked with members of the Aiken Audubon Society, the Friends of the Monument, educators from the National Monument, and staff from Catamount Institute. They took hikes to count and learn about local birds, created pinecone bird feeders, and learned more about the history of the area. The day wrapped up with a mass swearing in of new Junior Rangers! Thanks for a wonderful day!

Going on a bird hike!

Observing a golden eagle!

Looking for unexpected bird trends by making sense of the data.

Making a bird feeder for the seed eaters.

Mr. Jesse explaining the natural history of the fossil beds.

Swearing to protect and preserve the natural wonders.


Be Part of the Action!

The Great Backyard Bird Count began in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Now, over 160,000 people participate in gathering data by going on bird hikes during the four day span each February. The information collected around the world helps give changes in climate and weather, bird populations and fluctuations, bird diseases, diversity, migration timing. Whether you were there with us or not, you can join in the continuing fun and explore the data collected by our group and all of the other citizen scientists!

Make your own suet feeder!

Using a few simple materials, you can make your own suet feeder. Find an open pinecone. Attach a piece of twine. Smooth a layer of Crisco* over the whole pinecone, and roll in bird seed. Hang your creation in a tree and see who comes to visit.

*We recommend Crisco over peanut butter. Peanuts are a legume that grows under the ground and foreign to a bird’s diet.




Mrs. Doyle and the explorers of Buena Vista Montessori School

Mr. Mattson and the naturalists of Grant Elementary School

Wish your school could join in the fun? Contact us to learn more about YES Club for your school! 719-471-0910 x107

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