Christmas Bird Count 2020

Christmas Bird Count RL

Do you want to see and learn more about our winter birds? The refuge is hosting the Christmas Bird Count for the refuge and surrounding communities. Help out by watching your feeders or being a field observer on Saturday, December 21. This is a great chance to see winter species, like pine grosbeaks, common redpolls or snow buntings and to learn from expert birders. The success of this annual effort depends upon the dedication of volunteer bird watchers like you!

Feeder-watchers participate by watching their bird feeders on December 21 and calling 218-838-4784 with the the species and number of individuals sighted. Field observers will meet at the Schoolhouse Cafe (14 County House Lane) in McGregor, MN between 7:30 - 8:00 am on Saturday morning to coordinate. All experience levels are welcome. Please bring binoculars and field guides if you have them, otherwise call 218-768-2402 ahead of time to reserve a pair to checkout for the day.

All birds observed within a 7.5 mile radius of the Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters building will be counted. This area covers Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Kimberly, Lawler and portions of Grayling Wildlife Management Area and the McGregor Marsh Scientific & Natural Area. The communities of McGregor, Lawler and East Lake are also within the count area.

The Christmas Bird Count is a national event organized annually by The National Audubon Society. The count is designed to monitor the status and distribution of bird populations across the western hemisphere. Christmas Bird Counts are being done across North and Central America from December 14, 2019 through January 5, 2020. Have some fun and be part of the longest running citizen scientist survey!

For more information, call Judd Brink, 218-838-4784, or by email at