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You may find it helpful to print a regional tally sheet so you have a list of birds you’re likely to see in your area in February.

Get your check list at this link



  • · Count birds at any location for at LEAST 15 minutes—or more if you wish. Later you’ll be asked to record the amount of time you spent watching.
  • · Write down only the

highest number of each species you see together at any one time to avoid counting the same birds more than once. For example, if you see 8 cardinals as you start your count period, then later you see 12, and later still you see 3, you’ll only report 12–the highest number you saw together at once. Please do not add the numbers together.

  • · You’ll submit your data on a new checklist for each day you participate in the count. It’s OK if you count at the same location each day—submit a new list for each day.
  • · You’ll submit a new checklist for each

new location.

You can submit more than one checklist on a given day if you count at more than one site.


When you’re ready to enter your checklist(s), go to the GBBC website at http://www.BirdCount.org and click on the big “Submit your checklists” button at the top. You won’t see this button until 7:00 AM the Friday the GBBC begins. Everything you need to know will be clear on the web page as you enter your information. If you’d like a preview of what you’ll see, keep reading.


Happy Birding!

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Catch up on the latest girlie news in a luxury bed and breakfast with your feet up, wrapped in fluffy robes and slippers, swapping surprising stories as professional therapists transform you into glorious goddesses before hitting the town. Sounds good doesn’t it?

Spa pampering packages allow you to get away with the girls in a more relaxing and indulgent setting than a busy restaurant – or combine the two for a girlie weekend of pure fun and pure relaxation.

Pampering spa treatments allow fun-loving chicks to unwind, leaving refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to slip into heels for a glamorous evening. The option of a soothing massage is also on the cards when heads aren’t so fab the next morning and tired chicks can indulge themselves once more – because you’re worth it!

Girls prefer our tranquil location to accommodate smaller groups of ladies for a more relaxed spa getaway. 877.766.4273 www.songbirdprairie.com

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Songbird Prairie is one of the 900  participating inns, representing 2,700 donated rooms,  in the brand new program started this past summer by Kathleen Panek, innkeeper of Gillum House in W.V.

A plethora of publicity has materialized and some inns reported having their rooms claimed within 3 days of joining the program. Songbird Prairie’s rooms were taken in 1 day!  At an average of $125 per room, this represents more than $325,000.00 of revenue donated to active members of the military or veterans who served previously. Most of the inns are already planning to repeat the program in 2011. Some of our guests will include the Korean, Vietnam and wars in Iraq.
One of the earliest responses Inns have received about the program was: 
Thank you for your thoughtful gift to veterans on Veterans Day.  My wife and I usually stay in  upscale hotels when we travel, but because of your kindness to my fellow veterans, we are going to start looking at B&B’s. I hope many people who have been given a complimentary room will also consider  B&B’s fortheir future travel plans. 
The overwhelming response from the military and veterans was, “thank you for thinking of us.” We say ” Thank you for defending our freedom”

 If you are a vet or are married to a vet we would love for you to plan on staying at Songbird Prairie next year. Our accommodations include fireplaces and whirlpools in all of our guestrooms and a three course hot breakfast served to you in our sunroom.

www.songbirdprairie.com 877.766.4273 877.son.gbrd

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Sandhill Cranes Migrating

Sandhill crane migration peaks mid-November at the Jasper Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area.  The crane count is already over 10,000 this week – and it’s only going to get higher!   One of the best times to enjoy the flocks is at sunset before dinner at your favorite restaurant and a romantic evening at the Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast.  All of our rooms have fireplaces to warm you up after a day of being outdoors and whirlpool tubs to relax in.  After a restful night in one of the most comfortable beds you will sleep in, enjoy a three course gourmet breakfast while watching the local birds feeding right outside the breakfast room. 

The Sandhill Crane is one of the largest species of cranes, standing up to 4 feet tall with wingspans of up to 7 feet!  They are usually grey in color with a red forehead and white cheeks.  During the summer, the cranes live “up north”, as far as Northern Canada, and stay there until the weather begins to change and the days start to shorten.  Each year the cranes fly through Indiana on their way to winter in Southern Georgia and Florida – if only we could all do that!  The call of the crane is so loud, it can be heard up to a mile away announcing it’s arrival to the delight of birdwatchers.  Cranes are omnivorous, eating mostly seeds, grass and bugs.  Cranes mate for life and hatch one or two chicks per season, usually migrating as a family unit.  They spend their days busy as a flock then settle down at night for rest in the marsh.

www.songbirdprairie.com  877-766-4273

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This morning I heard a different bird sound and it was a barred owl! He moved his head up down and all around looking for mice and chipmunks in the woods. He stayed on the branch for several minutes as if he was at a photo shoot. What a hoot! I enjoyed watching his beautiful feathers blow in the wind. www.songbirdprairie.com

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A Better Way to Stay
A Grassroots Campaign for the B&B Industry

September-October Updates
PAII has coined the phrase “The Better Way to Stay”. This campaign is phenomenal and it is poised to launch with a website dedicated to showing the industry all the components of the campaign.  This temporary site will soon be taken down and BetterWaytoStay.com will become a resource room for innkeepers to learn about the campaign, its supporters and its tools.  Look forward to learning about the launch of this site any day now.  

Many travelers are finding out that B&B’s give such personal service that even the finest hotels are not able to accommodate! The relaxation that comes from staying two or more days at a B&B cannot be matched at a hotel.  Owners of B&B’s care for you like friends, yet give you privacy at the same time.  Many have acreage with places to walk, talk and reconnect. Find your perfect place and make a reservation today. www.songbirdprairie.com 877.766.4273

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Explore the Jasper Pulaski sandhill preserve where you will see and hear thousands of sandhill cranes. Then return from your adventure to a Whirlpool/Fireplace guestroom where you can review your pictures and videos and upload to your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare! Then awaken to your plated three course hot breakfast in the sunroom where you will hear and see songbirds as they entertain and serenade through our outdoor microphones..

 Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail Now is the time! The first official count for the fall sandhill crane migration from DNR is 5,846! Cranes began arriving in September. They will continue to arrive and build to a peak population in late November of 20,000 or more. http://www.beyondthebeachdiscoverytrail.com/BeyondBeach_searchdetail.asp?SiteNumber=50

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