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Global Big Day, Migratory Bird Day to be celebrated May 11


Two annual events that celebrate birds occur this year on Saturday, May 11, and you can participate. 

Global Big Day brings together people who care about birds and contribute to the effort to understand how bird populations are faring worldwide. Last year a new world record was set when more than 58,000 people entered checklists of the birds they saw on Global Big Day.

Adding to this important dataset is easy. Simply list the bird species and numbers of each that you see in any location and enter your data on You may count for as little as 10 minutes anytime between midnight and midnight on May 11 to participate. Count birds at your home or submit a list from your favorite location to watch birds. If you are new to ebird, visit to learn how to set up an account.

You are invited to join members of Weminuche Audubon Society in creating a checklist at Lake Capote, located at 398 Colo. 151. We will meet at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the office. Bring your binoculars and expect to stay two hours. A $5 day use fee is charged by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.

Also occurring on Saturday, May 11, is World Migratory Bird Day. 

The goal of this global effort is to raise the awareness of migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. Migratory birds rely on good habitat at their winter homes, along the paths of their spring and fall journeys, and in their summer breeding areas to survive. They may travel through several countries each year.

The theme of this year’s Migratory Bird Day is the importance of insects to migratory birds. 

Migratory birds rely on protein-rich insects to fuel their journeys and to feed to young on their breeding grounds. The timing of spring migration is closely tied to the abundance of insects at their destinations. You can help birds by reducing your use of pesticides and herbicides and supporting organic farming.