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If you’d like to report your findings or know what other people are seeing and where, visit the online database at e-bird.com or participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count and Great Backyard Bird Count, which both take place during the winter. Do you prefer birding in the company of others? Several local groups and organizations offer walks, hikes, field-trips, educational programs and volunteer opportunities open to adults and children throughout the year. Some to consider are the local Audubon chapters which includes the Capital Region Audubon Society, Southern Adirondack Audubon Society and the Northern Catskills Audubon Society; the Hudson- Mohawk Bird Club which is the Capital Region club of the New York State Ornithological Association; and the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance which is a conservation partner focused on the Rensselaer Plateau region. The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, Dyken Pond Nature Center, Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center and Five Rivers Environmental Education Center also offer ongoing community programs, birding trips and owl prowls. Find them each on Facebook or visit our website at ny.audubon.org for quick links to each as well as a full list of Audubon events, or tips and trick on birding, gear, or getting the perfect photograph. Few things can bring friends and family together like shared discoveries, making memories, and outdoor exploration. Whether there is snow on the ground, tulips blooming, or the bright colors of fall emerging, birding and birdwatching can offer great inspiration and insight into the wonderful world of nature that we sometimes forget about in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Pick a day, invite your friends, plan your trip, pack a bag, and head out to explore all the Capital Region has to offer. You won’t be sorry! If you’re at home or on the road and need help with identifying a bird or song, consider trying a user-friendly app for guidance. Two free and popular apps are the Audubon Bird Guide and Merlin Bird ID. Selling your parent’s home? Let Cindy be Your Seniors Real Estate Specialist ! ® Cindy McMahon GRI, CBR, SRES 340 Columbia Turnpike Rensselaer, NY 12144 Exceptional Service. Remarkable Results. GetCindySOLD Seniors Real Estate Specialists® (SRES®) are REALTORS® qualified to address the needs of home buyers and sellers age 50+. Free Downsizing Seminars each Month: call for details C: 518.496.1299 • GetCindySOLD.com 23 Winter