Can you come out and help count the birds? Join in O’Fallon’s Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), which will be held on Saturday, February 9, in scenic Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Anyone can participate, including beginning bird watchers, families and experts. Bring binoculars, if possible. There’s no cost for parking.

The count will take place at various times between 8 and 11 a.m. With the help of a list of birds, participants will observe and record sightings for at least 15 minutes but no more than an hour, then warm up in the historic Heald Home. The cost of $2 includes a tour of the home, which is hosting an exhibit of photographs of Missouri birds taken by members of the O’Fallon Photo Club and photographer Ferman Carrillo.

“O’Fallon’s bird count offers a great opportunity to learn more about our local birds, and to chat with others who enjoy wildlife,” said Jennifer Hoisington with O’Fallon’s Tourism and Festivals Department. “Participants also can learn more about identifying birds by viewing the beautiful bird photos we’ll have on exhibit.”

Directions to Fort Zumwalt Park: On I-70, take Exit 217 at Highways K / M (Main Street) in O’Fallon, drive south on Highway K for one block to the stoplight at Veterans Memorial Parkway; turn right and then drive about one mile to the Fort Zumwalt Park entrance on the left. The Heald Home is located near the center of the park.