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Citizen Science

Have you ever wanted to live the life of a wildlife biologist? Georgia Outdoors profiles a few groups of average citizens who are making a difference by helping to keep track of wildlife populations.

We'll start at the Colonial Coast Birding Festival, a gathering of hundreds of bird watchers who converge on the coast every year to explore the aviary wonders of coastal Georgia. Attendees also learn some techniques in documenting and tracking bird populations.

Next, we'll follow an energetic young group of Citizen Scientists-in-training as they participate in Georgia's Annual Youth Birding Competition.

Plus, we'll feature bird and butterfly counting and participate in the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center's Dragonfly Identification Program. You won't want to miss this action packed program!

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Colonial Coast Birding Festival
Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding & Nature Festival provides a vast spectrum of opportunities for everyone from the casual nature enthusiast to the most experienced birder. Field trips to over twenty-five different natural areas, including barrier islands, and informative seminars on a wide range of topics are the cornerstones of the festival.

Georgia's Youth Birding Competition
Georgia's Annual Youth Birding Competition (YBC) is held every April. More than 200 species of bird are identified by young birders. The event culminaties in a banquet and awards ceremony at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center (CEWC) in Mansfield, GA.

Christmas Bird Count
For over a century, volunteers have been collecting information on the birds in their communities. The CBC database now contains more than a century of data on early-winter bird populations across the Americas. This one-day annual event is an opportunity to meet other local volunteers, hone your birding skills, and take part in a seasonal tradition.

Great Backyard Bird Count
This annual Presidents' Day Weekend event is an opportunity for you to count the birds in your backyard and beyond. You can report your findings to the GBBC website and view your results along with those of others.

North American Butterfly Association
The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) is the largest group of people in North America interested in butterflies. They are a membership-based not-for-profit organization working to increase public enjoyment and conservation of butterflies.

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center
The Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center offers a variety of educational programs year-round for all ages, including shooting sports, wildlife conservation, fishing, plant identification and more.