25th Annual Christmas Bird Count Dates Set

SOUTHERN UTAH – Share the gift of nature this holiday season by participating with your family and friends in the 118th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Nationally, birders have been participating in the event for 116 years. More than 50,000 volunteers from all 50 states, Canadian, Central and South America, Bermuda, the West Indies, and Pacific Islands count and record every individual bird and bird species seen in a specified area found during one 24-hour period in a designated circle 15 miles in diameter or about 177 square miles.

Locally, the CBC is holding its 25th annual event. Last year, individuals and local school children from every walk of life turned out for the event. Everyone had a great time, identifying more than 3,000 birds representing over 70 bird species in and around Bryce Canyon, Kanab, Escalante, Utah; and Page, Arizona including many migrating birds such as Golden eagles, Ring-necked ducks, and wild turkeys.

This year, the Bureau of Land Management’s Kanab Field Office and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the National Park Services’ Bryce Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and the Anasazi State Park are planning to host events on:

December 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center, 755 W Main Street, Escalante, Utah. Call (435) 826-5607 for more information.

December 15, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the BLM GSENM/Kanab Field Office Headquarters Complex, 669 S Highway 89A, Kanab, Utah. Call (435) 644-1273 for details.

December 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bryce Canyon National Park Visitor Center, Bryce Canyon, Utah. Call 435-834-4744 for more information. The event is free, and will begin at 8:30 a.m. with hot drinks and pastries in the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center. Beginners will be paired with experienced birders, and groups will be provided with everything needed to conduct the count within the fifteen-mile radius assigned to the park. Following the morning bird count, a hot lunch and souvenir t-shirts will be provided back at the Visitor Center, thanks to the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association.

Currently Bryce Canyon National Park is looking for volunteers to help with the 2017 count. If you are interested in participating, please contact Ranger Peter Densmore by phone at 435-834-4744 or by e-mail at peter_densmore@nps.gov. Those who volunteer will receive free park admission. Additionally those in the local area who would like to contribute data by counting from their home feeders are invited to contact the park as well.

December 19, from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Anasazi State Park Visitor Center, 460 Highway 12, Boulder, Utah. . Efforts will be made to pair inexperienced birders with experienced birders. Call (435) 826-5607 for details.

January 3, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Headquarters, 691 Scenic View Road, Page, Arizona. Call (928) 608-6200 more information.

Several area schools are also participating by having students count birds at feeders and around their own schools. Check off sheets may be coming home with your kids in their homework. Just send them back to school and event sponsors will pick them up.

The 25th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count is an event for everyone, not just for the birds!

According to Lisa Church, Kanab Field Office wildlife biologist, “Anyone can contribute. Folks can even count birds in their own yard. If they would like more adventure, they can drive or hike along local birding routes. So, come join us and learn more about the feathered residents of your public lands.”

—Christmas Bird Count

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