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Volunteers sought for  bird count in Montgomery

A bald eagle roosts tree along Fox River.

A bald eagle roosts in a tree along the Fox River.

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Updated: February 27, 2014 6:41AM

Bird lovers are being called to the village of Montgomery to take part in the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count.

John Aman, who is coordinating the local event, said he wants all residents who want to take part in the national effort to participate.

“We want people with zoom camera lenses, scopes and some knowledge of birds to participate as local volunteers,” he said.

The event, slated for Feb. 15, should be fun, he said.

“We will take people in groups to various places we have already selected to identify the birds,” he said.

Those who take part in the event will then reconvene at Village Hall to share their pictures and counts that will be included in the nationwide event.

The Great Backyard Bird Count has been going on since 1998 and is sponsored through the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab Ornithology.

“The Fox River is home to many famous birds including the American bald eagle,” he said. “In January I counted 21 young and adult bald eagles” along the Fox River.

Aman said he hopes people bring their children to the event and thinks all those who attend will get a better understanding of their feathered friends in the Fox Valley region.

To take part in the local count, participants will gather at Montgomery Village Hall, 200 N. River St., at 9 a.m. Feb. 15. Tour groups will spend approximately 20 minutes during their bird walks to select locations for viewing and counting.

The groups will then reconvene at the Village Hall for hot cocoa and to share their counts and pictures.

In 2013, more than 34 million birds were counted across the country during the event. Of those some 3,265 came from Illinois.

For more information, call Aman at 630-974-8222.

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