Big South Fork NRRA and Obed WSR Annual Great Backyard Bird Count
Contact: Bandy Creek Visitor Center, 423-286-7275
Contact: Obed Wild and Scenic River, 423-346-6294
If you are looking for a fun, and free, family activity, consider participating in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. This is a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy time together. If you don’t have a large backyard or other suitable location to observe birds, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and Obed Wild and Scenic River have many areas for viewing and counting birds. National Park Service Rangers at the park visitor centers can provide you with a bird checklist and offer suggestions on where you can have an opportunity to observe birds.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create an accurate, up to date list of where birds are found across North America.
Participants count birds for as little or as long as they wish during the four day event. After their observations they tally the highest number of bird species seen together at any one time. To report their counts, they fill out an online checklist at the Great Backyard Bird Count web site (www.birdsource.org/gbbc/whycount.html). Participating in the GBBC helps scientists and researchers answer many questions about bird populations such as migration patterns, population changes and diversity.
For more information, contact the Big South Fork Bandy Creek Visitor Center at 423- 286- 7275 or the Obed Visitor Center at 423-346-6294. You may print a bird checklist from the Big South Fork park website at www.nps.gov/biso. You may learn more about Obed WSR at http://www.nps.gov/obed.
Did You Know?
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects only 14% of its watershed. Unfortunately it is the lower end of the watershed, so that everything which happens outside the park, impacts the parks water quality.