Updated: March 3, 2014 12:52PM
Thorn Creek Nature Center, at 247 Monee Road near Park Forest, will host a Great Backyard Bird Count open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 15 for birders of all ages and levels.
Birding volunteers will offer practical tips and lessons about basic bird identification, choosing and using binoculars, types of bird feed, and which bird feeders are suitable in a backyard setting.
Participants will make a pine cone suet feeder to take home. There will be games, crafts and coloring for young birders.
A bird-watching hike led by a center naturalist will be held at 10 a.m., and a bird count will be taken of the birds seen at the nature center bird feeders and on trails.
The open house will feature Thorn Creek Audubon Society’s displays on birds and the local organization.
The Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology host the Great Backyard Bird Count annually in mid-February. All across America and Canada, people will watch and count birds at their backyard bird feeders from Feb. 14 to 17, with the results providing a snapshot of the whereabouts of more than 600 bird species.
Counters should watch and count birds in their back yards or on trails for at least 15 minutes, then report what they saw by visiting www.birdcount.org.
“When thousands of people all tell us what they’re seeing, we can detect patterns in how birds are faring from year to year,” Janis Dickinson, director of Citizen Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, said in a press release.
For more information, call (708) 747-6320, email email@example.com or visit www.tcwoods.org.