Each “checklist” submitted during the count period helps researchers learn more about how birds are doing and how to protect them and the environment. Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.
BLUEBIRDS: February is bluebird month in Georgia, so, if you haven’t already done so, you should have your bluebird boxes cleaned out and ready for occupancy. The colorful birds already are checking out nesting sites; some will be nesting by the end of this month.
For more information about bluebirds, visit the North American Bluebird Society at www.nabluebirdsociety.org.
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The moon is in full moon phase this weekend and will “shrink“ to last quarter by next weekend. Mercury is low in the east around dawn. Venus and Mars are in the west at dusk and set about two hours later. Venus will be at its brightest on Thursday evening. Jupiter rises out of the east around midnight and will appear near the moon on Tuesday night. Saturn rises out of the east about two hours before sunrise.