For bird-watchers and bird lovers, here are some favorite pins of our feathery friends.
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Valentine's Day weekend marks the annual Great Backyard Bird Count(GBBC), a four-day event that makes "citizen scientists" out of bird watchers and nature lovers across North America. The campaign is part of a broad effort to keep tabs on the continent's bird populations, using volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to supplement more formal research.
Bird banding, or bird ringing, is essential to effective bird conservation. The banding of millions of birds annually worldwide contributes greatly to the study of birds' habits that can lead to a greater understanding of their needs. With that information, conservation efforts can be better focused to help keep birds safe, healthy, and thriving.