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Nebraska 2021 BirdBlitz
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until May 31, 2021
Nebraska Bird Month, held all through May, aims to spread awareness and education for our state’s more than 400 bird species. Nebraska Bird Month events are held statewide. Head over to the Nebraska Bird Month website for and event near you, www.nebraskabirdmonth.org. You can also support Nebraska birds by participating in the Nebraska Bird Month BirdBlitz.
The Nebraska Bird-Month BirdBlitz is similar to a bioblitz, which is an event where community members work to identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a designated period of time.
The Nebraska Bird Month BirdBlitz will focus specifically on birds the entire month of May. From anywhere in the state you can participate in this community science project. Head outside anywhere you can. When you find a bird, take a picture or record the sound of the bird. Next, upload your image or sound to iNaturalist – an online community science platform. When you go to iNaturalist, be sure to select the “Nebraska Bird Month 2021 BirdBlitz” project. It’s that easy! Not sure what bird you snapped a photo of. No problem. The app will make suggestions based on your photo. Or, members in the iNaturalist community will confirm or refine your observation. After two people have confirmed your bird, you will have collected a research grade observation that scientists will use! When you make an observation in iNaturalist, not only are you learning more about Nebraska birds and their populations but you are helping local and global experts collect real scientific data. For more information on how to join this endeavor head over to the Nebraska Bird Month website, www.nebraskabirdmonth.org.
Time outdoors is time well spent
Nebraska Game and Parks offers a plethora of opportunities beyond events. You can get away and unwind by planning a trip to a Nebraska state park. You can catch the next big one, go wildlife viewing, plan a hunt or more. Or you can help us celebrate our park system’s 100th birthday. Go ahead: Build your own adventure.