The Recreation Department is pleased to announce that it will once again participate in the nationwide “Great Backyard Bird Count” at Centennial Gardens on the following dates: Friday, Feb. 17, from 3 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, from noon to 1 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 19, from 1 to 2 p.m. Looking for and counting birds is a fun family-friendly way to discover the nature in our own back yard.
The “Great Backyard Bird Count” assists Scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society in the collection of data in order to study the bird population over a specific period of time. Through these observations and data scientists are able to research and define environmental changes.
Village residents are urged to participate whether at the gardens at your local park or in your own backyard. Please stop by Centennial Gardens on the above dates and join in on the fun. The Recreation Department’s resident bird expert and field guide, Don Haug will be on hand to oversee and provide background information to bird viewers throughout this scientific data collecting endeavor.
The actual count may be submitted to Don at the end of each session or dropped off Monday, Feb. 20 no later than 1 p.m. at the Recreation/Pool Building.
For more detailed information, interested Villagers may contact the Recreation Center (516-326-6336) or visit the birdcount.org to learn more.
We have opened a few more spots in several of our Recreation programs. The youth programs include creative yoga, cartooning, and strength & conditioning and gardening. Adult programs will include AM & PM aerobics, bootcamp, yoga, zumba classes and spring tennis lessons. The programs for older adults are silver sneakers, and knitting. For available times, fees and openings please call the Recreation/Pool building at 516-326-6336 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A valid 2016/2017 leisure pass is required for registration.