KALAMAZOO, MI (WZZM) - This weekend marks the 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count; inviting bird watchers all over the world to participate in a tally of the different birds they see within the span of this weekend.
Bird watching is a popular activity especially in West Michigan. The variety of geography and climate allow for many different species to populate our peninsula.
The Audubon Society of Kalamazoo is hosting a field trip today in conjunction with the Great Backyard Bird Count.
Becky Csia, Audubon Society of Kalamazoo Field Trip Leader said, "Scientists can't be everywhere. But, the birds are everywhere, and birders are everywhere. So they have, they have reached out to birders by creating this event; the Great Backyard Bird Count, to solicit and seek the help of birders as you say, nation-wide as well as world-wide."
Bird watchers of any experience level are invited to participate.
The Adubon Society of Kalamazoo will be meeting at the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery just off of M-43 at 10 am this morning.
Feel free to bring your binoculars and field guides if you have them.
If you'd like to participate from home, you'll find instructions on the Great Backyard Bird Count's website. You can even submit your tallies online.