It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s definitely a bird!

Feb. 14, 2013 — The Cabarrus Soil and Water Conservation District (CSWCD) invites bird watchers and bird admirers of all skill levels to participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, Friday, February 15-Monday, February 18. Bird count volunteers will help document birds at the state-designated Clarke Creek Heron Rookery Significant Natural Heritage Area off Cox Mill Road in western Cabarrus County.

The natural heritage area includes a 35-acre conservation easement that is part of a 200-acre wetland complex. The wetland provides habitat for a diverse range of birds and other wildlife species, including herons, ducks, red-winged black birds, vireos, woodpeckers, hawks and owls.

To participate:

  • Contact the CSWCD to let them know you plan to participate and get instructions.
    Call Dennis Testerman at 704-920-3300 or email
  • Visit the count site at your leisure from February 15-18. 
    Public access is available in Cox Mill Elementary School Community Park, which is located behind the school (1450 Cox Mill Road, Concord). Participants may park in the lot at the bottom of the hill behind the school, next to the sports fields. Follow the asphalt path that circles the fields.
  • Report your data back to CSWCD so it can be included in the official report submitted to the Great Backyard Bird Count database.
For more information about the Great Backyard Bird Count, visit For more information on participating in the CSWCD count, call Dennis Testerman at 704-920-3300 or email