• Lassen Peak from Hat Creek

    Lassen Volcanic

    National Park California

Public Invited to Participate in Mineral Christmas Bird Count December 14,

A mountain chickadee perched on snow
NPS Photo

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News Release Date: December 11, 2012
Contact: Darelene M. Koontz, 530-595-6102

The public is welcome to come and participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count in the Mineral area. 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 113 annual count; this is the 22 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 count will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 14. 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 a.m. 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 Steve Zachary at 530-595-6132 or Mike Magnuson at 530-595-6184 with any questions.

To learn of facility opening activities, trail 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. Thursday -Monday.

 

Did You Know?

reddish color microscopic snow alage

The reddish color sometimes observed on top of snow at Lassen Volcanic NP snow is a living organism called snow algae. When snow begins to thaw, these microscopic organisms spring to life. They function as a primary food source and are being studied for their cancer-fighting properties.