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Photos courtesy of Shari Romar/Queens Botanical Garden

It’s cold, and there’s more snow than food on the ground, but American robins, red-tailed hawks, and ring-necked pheasants are among 50+ bird species roaming through Queens Botanical Garden these days. It’s time for some basic mathematics.

The Flushing nature spot is seeking volunteers to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count this Saturday, February 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is basically a nature walk through the grounds with a scavenger hunt feel because participants compile data on the feathered friends they see.

Launched in 1998, this annual bird census — led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with Bird Studies Canada and other international partners — is part of a global effort to track avian migration patterns and region-by-region population shifts so that professional naturalists can make informed decisions about conservation. In 2015, more than 100,000 participants in more than 100 countries counted 5,090 species on more than 147,000 checklists.

Currently naturalists are pondering a few big questions:

  • How do weather and climate change influence populations?
  • How are diseases, such as West Nile virus, affecting different regions?
  • What diversity differences are apparent in cities as opposed to suburban, rural, and natural areas?

Free, but registration is required here.

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