Backyard Bird Count Feb. 15-18: send us your best photos

The Midtown KC Post and the Hyde Parker newsletter are sponsoring a photo contest in conjunction with the 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count Friday through Monday. The count is a nationwide effort to document bird populations and is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

More than 8,200 birds were counted in Kansas City last year, including hawks, cardinals, jayhawks, doves and other species. Go to and learn how to participate in the count. Then send your electronic photos to We’ll post some of the photos on our website and in the Hyde Parker.

Taking 15 minutes to observe bird behavior can be a fun family learning event, as Midtown is a winter oasis for many migrating species.

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