Outdoors Notebook: Time to start counting the birds again
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During one of the most popular annual participatory science projects, people document bird sightings at a single location and post the information online (www.birdsource.org/gbbc). Professional scientists use the data to learn more about bird populations. During last year's Great Backyard Bird Count, observers filed 104,000 checklists and reported 17.4 million birds of 600 species in the United States and Canada. This year's count will happen Friday through Feb. 18. Resources at the website include tips on identifying birds, a photo gallery and special materials for teachers. A joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, the free event presents an opportunity to make an important contribution to conservation.
Dale Kotowski of the Wilderness Voyagers outfitter sheds light on fishing the Youghiogheny River at a meeting of Penn's Woods West Trout Unlimited at 7 p.m. Mondayin Brentwood VFW, 3801 Clairton Blvd. (Route 51), Brentwood. 412-881-9934.
With five species of Pacific salmon, rainbow trout, northern pike, arctic char and grayling, there's no fishing like Alaska fishing. International Angler in Robinson will present a free slide show on fishing and traveling there at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. 412-788-8088,
Allegheny National Forest
Outdoors writer Robert Hilliard will sign copies of his book "A Season on the Allegheny" (CreateSpace) from 1-3 p.m. today at StrongLand Chamber of Commerce HomExpo at Pittsburgh Mills Mall. From 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 23, he'll be at Squirrel Country Outfitters, Ridgway.
First Published February 10, 2013 12:00 am