The 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count takes place from Friday, Feb. 16, through Monday, Feb. 19, at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop.
Visitors can join in the count by recording bird observations in the park or in their own backyards. Binoculars will be available for loan within the park.
The park also plans four days of bird-related opportunities. A “great pink heron scavenger hunt” will be ongoing using the Netul Trail along the Lewis and Clark River.
On Saturday, Feb. 17, Mike Patterson leads bird walk at 8:30 a.m., meeting in the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center lobby.
On Sunday, Feb. 18, Travis Koons, a curator at the Oregon Zoo, speaks about California condors at 1 p.m. in the Netul River Room of the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center.
On Monday, Feb. 19, Presidents’ Day, the park will offer a birding walk in Spanish at 10 a.m. starting in the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center lobby.
Although leashed dogs are welcome at most of the park’s outdoor programs, dogs are not allowed on birding walks.
The walks are wheelchair accessible but non-motorized users might need assistance for about 200 yards.
Park hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $5 per adult and free for youth 15 years old and under. Passes to National Park Service sites are accepted.
Bird field guides are available for purchase at the bookstore in the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center.
For more information on the worldwide bird count event or to submit bird counts, go to gbbc.birdcount.org.
The weekend’s birding events at Fort Clatsop are sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association and the National Park Service.
For more information, call 503-861-2471.