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LEWIS & CLARK — From Friday, Feb. 15, through Monday, Feb. 18, visitors to Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop can join in the 22nd annual Great Backyard Bird Count by recording bird observations in the park and making plans to count birds in their own backyards. Binoculars will be available for loan within the park.

To participate in this citizen science opportunity, anyone in the world can count birds at any location on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings at gbbc.birdcount.org. The information gathered by tens of thousands of individuals helps track changes in bird populations on a massive scale. The Bird Count is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada.

Along with the actual bird counting activities, Lewis and Clark has planned four days of bird-related opportunities.

For more information on the worldwide bird count event or to submit bird counts from your home, visit gbbc.birdcount.org. For more information about the park, call 503-861-2471 or check out nps.gov/lewi or Lewis and Clark National Historical Park on Facebook.

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