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ABQ BioPark needs help counting birds

The ABQ BioPark is looking for locals to participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count on Feb. 16 – a Saturday – from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Botanic Garden.

bright spotVolunteers of all abilities and ages are encouraged to come and count birds to create a real-time snapshot of the bird population in the BioPark neighborhood, organizers said in a news release.

“Everyone can become a citizen scientist even if you have never bird watched before,” Pamela Dupzyk, ABQ BioPark Aquarium/Botanic Garden education coordinator, said in a statement. “The Botanic Garden is a hotspot for bird watching.”

Numerous species can be found in Botanic Garden’s more than 36 acres of cultivated gardens, natural habitats, ponds and diverse food sources.

This event involves a guided tour and free admission only available to those participating in the bird tour. The BioPark will loan binoculars to attendees who do not have their own.

As part of this annual international bird count event, the BioPark gives all information collected to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which compiles all submissions from across the country.

Scientists use this information to generate the “big picture” about what is happening to bird populations. Find out more by visiting

Registration for this free event is at 8 a.m. in the Botanic Garden/Aquarium plaza.

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