News Release Date:
December 13, 2013
Darlene M. Koontz, (530) 595-6102
Mineral, CA - The public is welcome to come and participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count in the Mineral area. The count will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on December 18. Participants can join in for the full day, half a day, or just a few hours. Counters should meet in Mineral at the Lassen Volcanic National Park Headquarters in the lobby of the administration building at 8:00 a.m.
For well over 100 years people of all ages interested in birds have taken to the field during the holiday season to count birds in and around their communities as part of the annual Christmas Bird Count. Coordinated and sponsored by the National Audubon Society, this year marks the 114th annual count; this is the 23rd annual Mineral count. Mineral is one of over 2,000 bird counts across the nation. Count observations are compiled at the end of the count and submitted to a national database.
The bird count is open to everyone in the community and surrounding areas and no prior birding experience is needed. Participants will be teamed up with someone who has birding experience. This is a great way to get out and enjoy the birds of the area. All help is welcome. Participants should bring a day pack with snack and water. If you wish to participate for the full day, bring a lunch as well. Bring binoculars if you have them, gloves, hat and wear sturdy walking shoes or boots.
Contact Mike Magnuson at 530-595-6184 with any questions.
To learn of park facilities, road status, receive updates, or check for current conditions, go to the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo, follow LassenNPS on Twitter or Facebook, or contact park staff at (530) 595-4480 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday - Friday.