Folks, just a note that the MCCD has placed a new gate on the main trail entrance to Dewey Gevik. SFBC had repaired the old one a few times, so we are happy the new one is up. Along the entrance rail, the Mulberries are ripening, so the many Mulberry trees on the south side of the trail are drawing a few species of birds. Good looks at Cedar Waxwings. We also are putting up temporary No Firework signs, as we have done for a few years. A reminder, if you have not yet, to join eBird <https://ebird.org/>so you can record your Dewey Gevik sightings so we can have a good record of the species seen there. <https://ebird.org/hotspot/L773616> Present bird species count is 173. Also, if you see other natural wonders, whether they be flowers, mammals, reptiles, etc. you can report those on *inaturalist,* another *free* reporting and recording site that also helps with identification. https://www.inaturalist.org/ Using these two citizen science sites are fun and productive; two things we all need during these times of pandemic restrictions. If you have a favorite birding spot, anywhere, both these citizen science programs allow for location reporting, thus you can see the species count for any state park, lake, county, etc. (example, Brown County has 317 bird species reported by 2809 checklists submitted, Pennington County has 296 species reported by 11,858 checklists submitted, Hughes County has 327 species reported on 2418 submitted checklists, and Minnehaha has 284 species reported on 10,105 checklists.) See the attached chart for the top 10 counties. SD has 409 species recorded on ebird, with 88,472 check lists entered. A friendly reminder. The year is half over, yet some folks have forgotten to renew their SDOU or SFBC memberships; (understandable with the virus situation). Please do so on the SDOU website <http://sdou.org>or SFBC website <http://www.siouxfallsbirdclub.org>.
Stay Well Mick Zerr SDOU SFBC
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