Wild bird lovers this weekend will have a chance to watch their friends while helping state officials determine trends.
The annual winter bird feeder survey will be held Thursday through Sunday across the state.
About 1,000 people participate each year in the survey, which helps state officials determine trends in bird population, said Karen Riney, owner of the Birdwatchers' Store, 2201 W. 25th.
People who participate are asked to watch their feeders as much as they can for two days in the four-day count period.
Participants should record the highest number of birds of a particular species at a given time.
The annual count is sponsored by the Kansas Chickadee Checkoff, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the Kansas Ornithological Society.
Results of the count should be available in a few months, Riney said.
Survey forms are available at Birdwatchers,' or from the Internet at the following address:www.kdwp.state.ks.us/Nongame/WinterBirdFeeder/BirdFeederPDF.html.