2011 Christmas Bird Count at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, MT
Credit: USFWS
2011 Christmas Bird Count at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, MT
Credit: USFWS

Discover a turkey outside of the family oven this holiday season during the historic Christmas Bird Count(CBC) December 14-January 5, 2013.  There is likely a wildlife refuge near you that is participating in a CBC Circle.
 
The citizen science project is more than 100 years old and sponsored by the National Audubon Society Each “Count Circle” is focused on a geographic area.

Some refuges are connecting kids with nature by offering a special CBC for families, appropriately named CBC4kids.

Last year, large numbers of snowy owls (as in Harry Potter) were spotted at Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge in Montana.  The Bolivar Peninsula Christmas Bird Count, including Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge in south Texas, was in the top 20 nationwide for the total number of species counted.

Some participating refuges and event dates for the 2012 Christmas Bird Count include:

For more information, contact Bonnie Swarbrick at 520-823-4251

Counting teams will cover about a third of Kent County on this day, including the refuge. Registration is required: 410-778-9568. 

For more information and to RSVP, contact Rona Balco or Don MacFarlane at 978-897-7567.

For more information, call 618-634-2231.