CLARION - Seneca Rocks Audubon Society will hold its annual Birdathon May 8 through 15. Birdathon is a popular nationwide event during which participants count as many species of birds as they can during a 24-hour period.

There is no cost, but donations to Seneca Rocks Audubon Society are welcome and support their local education and conservation efforts.

Springtime is an ideal time to watch birds as many colorful migratory birds return to the area for nesting or pass through for nesting further north. Birds that live in the area year-round also tend to be at their most colorful.

Participating in this event is simple and fun. Participants do not need to be seasoned "birders" or a member of Audubon. Everyone, no matter their age, is apt to learn something new and enjoy the day spent in nature.

Participants can choose a day and time period that is convenient. On that day, relax and watch birds at a bird feeder or in a backyard.

For more adventure, take binoculars and head to a park or hike a trail. Interested individuals can bird solo or bird with family or friends following COVID-19 precautions. Keep track of all the species that are seen.

Learn more about birds and get help in identifying them with a bird field guide book or download the free "Audubon Bird Guide" app, available for Apple, Android, and Kindle devices.

Another free beginners' bird identification app is "Merlin ID" by Cornell Lab.

If desired, donate a set amount or an amount for each species seen, to Seneca Rocks Audubon Society, P.O. Box 148, Clarion, Pa. 16214.

Seneca Rocks Audubon Society is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society and serves Clarion, Forest, Jefferson, and Venango Counties.

More information about Seneca Rocks Audubon Society is available on its website or Facebook page. New members are always welcome.