Are you a bird watcher?

Families are invited to participate in Cheyenne's Backyard Bird Count starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, at the Paul Smith Children's Village in Lions Park. 

The Great Backyard Bird Count will be held February 12 through 15 worldwide, and organizers are asking people to take a few minutes on those days to take note of the types of birds in their area.

Families are encouraged to meet up with members of the Cheyenne High Plains Audubon Society at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, at the Paul Smith Children's Village to take part in the bird count. Groups will look for bird sightings around Sloan's Lake in Lions Park.

Bird identification cards and binoculars will be provided and the event is free and open to the public. The Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and display the results in near real time. It was launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

In 2015, participants counted more than 5,000 species of birds during the event in over 100 countries. If you love to watch the birds in your backyard, the Cheyenne High Plains Audubon Society asks you to log on to the bird count website to report your sightings between February 12 and 15.