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Campus Hosts Great Backyard Bird Count


posted February 23, 2018

Pitt-Johnstown hosted its inaugural Great Backyard Bird Count, February 17, 2018.

birds Dr. Cathy Cox and Maia Schuster, age 7, observe birds at Pitt-Johnstown

The event is a Citizen Science project organized by Cornell University. 

People from all over the world watched birds from February 16-19 to get a sense of how our world’s avian populations are doing, and all the data is entered into the e-bird database maintained by Cornell University.

It was the 21st annual worldwide event.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program organized the Pitt-Johnstown Bird Count to give the community the opportunity to learn about local birds and enjoy nature.

The campus's inaugural event began in the comfort of Pitt-Johnstown’s Log Cabin at Dr. Christine Dahlin’s bird observation station.

A large window provided excellent viewing of the many forest birds that live on the more than 600 acres of habitat on campus.

The group counted tufted titmice, black-capped chickadees, red-bellied woodpeckers and more while eating donuts. From there, the group walked the trails behind campus.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.