NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin State University's SFA Gardens and the university's student chapter of the National Association for Interpretation are sponsoring the Great Backyard Bird Count from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a national event to capture real-time bird populations around the nation.

Participants will count birds with assistance from the Pineywoods Audubon Association and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department non-game ornithologist Cliff Shackelford.

The event also will have activities designed to increase knowledge and appreciation of birds. The event will offer a variety of family-friendly, hands-on learning activities, including using binoculars, learning bird identification skills, playing games and making crafts.

Shackelford will lead guided hikes along the Tucker Woods trails at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

The event is free and open to the public. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email