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Big Day Bird Count May 17 In Cheyenne

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Did you see the movie “The Big Day” starring Steven Martin? It was about 3 birders who wouldn’t admit that they were going for what is known as their “Big Year.”
A “Big Year” is an informal competition to see as many bird species as possible, within a designated geographical location. The event begins on January 1 and ends on December 31 of any given year.

Sound interesting to you? Well, you’ll have your chance to participate in a mini-bird count on Saturday, May 17, 2014. There are three ways to participate:

  • Early Risers Start: 6 a.m. – 8 a.m.: You’ll need to meet at Lions Park in the parking lot on the south side of the Paul Smith’s Children’s Village. You’ll walk the park with the group. All levels of birdwatching expertise are welcome.
  • Late Risers Join: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.: You’ll need to meet at the same location as the Early Risers, hen drive to the Wyoming Hereford Ranch. After walking the ground, you’ll continue to the High Plains Grasslands Research Station a few miles west of Cheyenne, where you’ll birdwatch and then have a picnic. Please bring your own lunch, water, lawn chair or picnic blanket.
  • On Your Own: Midnight to Midnight: You can make a list of all the bird species you can find in the 7.5 mile-radius circle centered on the Capitol Building.

For more information or to locate the group at any given time, call Mark Gorges at 287-4953. Happy Birding and best to you on your Big Day.

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