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21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count coming to Harrison Hills Park

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, 2:54 p.m.
Above, the Eastern bluebird, one of many that can be found in the wetlands area at Murrysville Community Park.
COURTESY DAVE BROOKE
Above, the Eastern bluebird, one of many that can be found in the wetlands area at Murrysville Community Park.
The cardinal is one of the birds likely to be seen at the 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 17-18 at Harrison Hills Park Environmental Learning Center.
COURTESY DAVE BROOKE
The cardinal is one of the birds likely to be seen at the 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 17-18 at Harrison Hills Park Environmental Learning Center.
The redtailed hawk is one of the birds likely to be seen at the 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 17-18 at Harrison Hills Park Environmental Learning Center.
COURTESY DAVE BROOKE
The redtailed hawk is one of the birds likely to be seen at the 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 17-18 at Harrison Hills Park Environmental Learning Center.
The hairy and downy woodpeckers are some of the birds likely to be seen at the 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 17-18 at Harrison Hills Park Environmental Learning Center.
COURTESY DAVE BROOKE
The hairy and downy woodpeckers are some of the birds likely to be seen at the 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 17-18 at Harrison Hills Park Environmental Learning Center.

Friends of Harrison Hills Park are hosting an event this weekend as part of the 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count.

Observations will take place in 15-minute intervals from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 17 and 18 from inside the Harrison Hills Park Environmental Learning Center.

The event engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of populations. The Merlin iPhone Bird ID app can help identify the birds. There also will be books, binoculars, and experts to help determine and report sightings.

Anyone can participate. No pre-registration is needed.

Details: 724-224-4102

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-853-5062 or jharrop@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JHarrop_Trib.

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