GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

Birdwatchers gear up for Backyard Bird CountThe Great Backyard Bird Count, led by Nat'l. Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, will take place Feb. 15-18. Participants will be counting birds in their immediate location and entering results at www.birdcount.org. "Each tally helps us learn more about how our North American birds are doing and what that says about the health and future of our environment," said Tom Bancroft, chief science officer for Audubon. "These volunteers are counting not only for fun, but for the future."

VALENTINE DAY GIFT ALTERNATIVES

Quality time trumps gifts this Valentine's Day Traditional gifts such as candy, flowers and jewelry will see a slight decrease in popularity this year with more consumers preferring gifts of experience and gift cards, according to Nat'l. Retail Federation's 2008 Valentine's Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey. Almost half of all consumers (48.2%) plan to celebrate with a special night out, compared to 45.3% last year, and 12.3% will give a gift card, compared to 11.3% last year. Nearly 48% will buy candy, 35.9% will buy flowers and 11.8% will buy clothing.
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