OUT: OUTside Connection November 19, 2008

Three Grand Valley birders, Jacob Cooper, Ron Lambeth, and Larry Arnold, take time to spy on some hawks near Colorado National Monument during a birding trip last winter. The Grand Valley Audubon Society will have its annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 14.

Christmas bird count

Not every bird goes south for the winter, which makes the annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count an important key to tracking and recording our feathered friends.

This year’s local count is Dec. 14, when teams of birders, novice and experts alike, spread out across a 15-mile circle in the Grand Valley to monitor bird species.

The official Christmas Bird Count — this year is the 109th — is the world’s oldest and largest citizen science event. To participate, all you need is some warm clothes, a pair of binoculars and a sense of adventure.

What: 109th annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count

When: Dec. 14

Who: You and the Grand Valley Audubon Society

Where: Teams of birders monitor specific areas within a 15-mile circle centering on Appleton

How: Contact Paul Didier, GVAS field trip chair, 242-8643.


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