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Northern VA Residents Are Invited to Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count

By: Michael Zuiker

February 13, 2018

Arlington, VA-The annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) takes place (FEBRUARY 16-19), it is the perfect opportunity to enjoy nature and be a citizen-scientist. This study helps scientists better define bird ranges, populations, migration pathways and habitat needs.

Wild Birds Unlimited is the major sponsor of this joint project between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Studies Canada and the National Audubon Society. Individuals, families, schools and organizations are encouraged to count birds at bird feeders and in backyards, local parks or other locations. Those tallies are then reported online through the BirdSource web site at

The BirdSource Web site is a revolutionary partnership between citizens and scientists. It gives participants almost instantaneous feedback through graphics, animated maps and other regularly-updated information.

The GBBC is a fun and educational way to get kids excited about birds and nature. Kids are encouraged to participate in the count. To learn more and get additional activities for kids, visit the GBBC Web site ( Additional kid’s activities can be found on the Wild Birds Unlimited Pathways to Nature for Kids Web site ( We invite you to stop in our store from now until February 19, 2018 to receive a FREE 1# bag of our No-Mess Blend with any purchase.

For more information about the Great Backyard Bird Count, call or stop by the Wild Birds Unlimited located at 2437 North Harrison Street, Arlington, VA 22207, 703-241-3988.

Wild Birds Unlimited, located in Arlington, VA, is part of the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with more than 275 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Wild Birds Unlimited specializes in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding and nature products, expert advice and educational events. Visit our Web site and shop online at To learn how you can open your own Wild Birds Unlimited, visit


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