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This annual count is for the birds

A downy woodpecker at River Legacy Park in Arlington
A downy woodpecker at River Legacy Park in Arlington Star-Telegram archives

Grab your binoculars, it's back.

It's the Great Backyard Bird Count. Every year, birders of all ages and levels of experience tally our feathered friends and give the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society an idea of bird populations in different areas of the world. Every little bird helps.

Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., North Texans can find out more about the bird count at the Bob Jones Nature Center, which will have bird watching stations, tally sheets and other activities.

Can't tell a red-tailed hawk from a barn swallow? Attend the Wild Birds Unlimited "How to Maximize Your GBBC Experience" presentation at 9 a.m. at the nature center. Afterward, you can join a guided hike or go home and start counting.

The event is free, family-friendly and will happen rain or shine. The nature center is at 355 E. Bob Jones Road, Southlake.

This year, the Great Backyard Bird Count runs Feb. 16-19. Get more information here

For more information about the Bob Jones event, call 817-491-6333, visit the website or check the nature center's Facebook page "Bob Jones Nature Center."