National Wildlife Refuge System

Christmas Bird Count for Kids


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Credit: Chris Jordan

Binocular Boot Camp at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT

More kids are joining the Christmas Bird Count, a wildlife survey and citizen-science project that takes place worldwide in December or January. The Christmas/Winter Bird Count for Kids, aimed at youngsters age eight to 18, is offered on more and more national wildlife refuges. Check a refuge near you to see if there is a CBC4Kids scheduled.

Refuges share data they collect with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Bird data help scientists track population dynamics and examine the effects of climate change.

Learn more about the original Christmas Bird Count here.

Last updated: February 27, 2015