Harlingen bird watchers will participate in Audobon Christmas Bird Count

News Center 23

POSTED: Friday, January 3, 2014 - 4:37pm

UPDATED: Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 11:40am

Tomorrow marks the second to last day for the 114th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

Citizens from all over the country have been observing different species of birds and how many they see. This data is then collected and sent to the National Audubon Bird Society.

"These counts are really used and they are used to show the differences in what's happening with the birds through the years," said president of the Colorado Arroyo Audubon Society Norma Friedrich, who is also a frequent bird watcher.

This year about 68 people have registered to participate in the bird count in Harlingen, where many different birds have already been spotted.

"They do migrate because of, they need to get out of the cold weather up north, so they come to Texas," said Friedrich. "They come to South Texas...every bird is counted. Every bird is important. Like I said the great-tailed grackles, the sparrows are just as important as the rare birds."

But you don't have to be registered to take part.

If you would like to participate in the Christmas Bird Count, you can set out fruits, seeds, hummingbird feeders and provide water, which should attract more birds to your backyard.

"The important ones are the small birds that are here for the winter and we really want to cover everything, so that's why we also ask for help among the citizens to have a backyard bird count," said Friedrich.

And once all the data has been gathered, it will then become a national contribution:

"I will take those numbers and combine them all for our Harlingen area count, which is then turned into our state compiler and the state compiler will turn it over to the National Audubon Society," said Friedrich.

Reporting in Harlingen, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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