Chiricahua National Monument will be hosting a free guided bird walk on Saturday, February 15 from 9 to 11 a.m. for the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Please join a National Park Service Ranger for an easy, two mile, two hour birdwatching hike starting from the Faraway Ranch parking area near the Monument entrance at 9 a.m. Rangers will record all bird sightings and upload them to the Great Backyard Bird Count. This hike is for birders of all skill levels. Bring binoculars if you have them. No dogs on the bird walk, please.

Since 1998, The Backyard Bird Count has been an opportunity for citizen scientists around the world to contribute to our understanding of wild bird whereabouts and numbers. Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join a four day count every February to create a snapshot of bird distribution and abundance. The results of these bird counts are available at https://gbbc.birdcount.org/

Chiricahua National Monument is known for the diversity and abundance of bird species found within and surrounding the Park. Watch for scheduled bird walks in the park throughout the year on Facebook or at the Chiricahua Website nps.gov/chir

For more information about the Great Backyard Bird Count, please contact Helen Fitting at Chiricahua National Monument at (520) 824-3560, extension 9203. To learn about the park, go to www.nps.gov/chir

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