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Residents search skies during 'Backyard Bird Count'
Elachee Nature Science Center will hike through the woods and count birds including mallards for the “Great Backyard Bird Count” this weekend.

Bird watchers of all ages will join forces to count the feathered friends all across North America for four days.

The “Great Backyard Bird Count Weekend” will begin Friday, Feb. 13, and end Monday, Feb. 16. Participants in the annual four-day event will count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are on the continent.

At Elachee Nature Science Center, participants will go on a guided hike Saturday, Feb. 14, and check out the birds along the trail. Organizers hope to see a variety of ducks, including mallards, American black ducks, gadwall, hooded merganser and wood ducks. Hikers also will look for resident birds and winter migrants in the adjoining forests, such as white-throated sparrows, golden-crowned and ruby-crowned kinglets, yellow-bellied sapsuckers and hermit thrush.

The hike will be 8-11 a.m. at the Chicopee Lake parking area at 2080 Calvary Church Road in Gainesville. This walk is open to adults and children, 10 and older.

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