CHATHAM — Nature Night is back! The Columbia Land Conservancy invites everyone to join this educational series 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 21 on Zoom.

Nature Night is free to attend, but participants must pre-register to receive the login information.

January’s Nature Night is for the birds — literally. Participants will learn about common birds around Columbia County in winter and the Great Backyard Bird Count.

The Backyard Bird Count takes place in February, and is a worldwide effort to collect data on how many birds, and which species of birds, are in any given place at one time.

“The Great Backyard Bird Count is something everyone can participate in, whether you’ve got a feeder outside your window, are visiting a Public Conservation Area, or own 1,000 acres of land,” says Heidi Bock, Conservation Education Manager.

“While the pandemic has not made it possible for us to gather and count birds at Ooms as we usually would, we hope to inspire backyard birders to take part in this citizen science event!”

Becca Rodomsky-Bish is Project Leader for Nest Quest Go! and Great Backyard Bird Count at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Her background is in environmental education and she feels her work with the GBBC is a great way to engage backyard bird watchers and help guide people in creating bird-friendly home and yards. She has an M.S. in Environmental studies from Antioch University.

Participants can email for more information.

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