Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bird Count is Dec. 17 at Wildlife Refuge

The 39th annual Christmas Bird Count will be held at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, south of Vian, on Dec. 17. It is free, and anyone who wants to participate should arrive at the refuge headquarters by 7 a.m. Participants will go into the field to identify birds and record the numbers of each species. Be prepared for a fun-filled day of learning and making new friends, officials urged, adding participants should check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.

Participants can contribute to this world-wide event by helping the National Audubon Society monitor birds across the United States. This is the 115th anniversary of the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count. Participants will be in the field from six to eight hours. They will be organized into groups or field parties, and each field party covers a specific route. Field parties are arranged so inexperienced observers are paired with seasoned birders from the Indian Nations Chapter of the National Audubon Society.

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