Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count for Kids
5th annual Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Join local naturalists and Bay Area families on Saturday, January 10, 2015, from 10 am to 3 pm for the 5th annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) at Point Reyes National Seashore. Point Reyes, with some 490 species of birds recorded (over 50% of species of birds in North America), easily claims the prize for the greatest avian diversity of any U.S. national park, which makes it an ideal location for this family-friendly event.
Every year for over a century, tens of thousands of volunteers take part in the National Audubon Society's Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations, and to help guide conservation action. This rigorous event often does not include young children, so in an effort to train future generations in this country-wide endeavor, Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA), in collaboration with the National Park Service at Point Reyes and Sonoma Birding, invites families with children ages 3 to 18 to join us for a half day event to learn some of the important basic elements of this grand old Audubon tradition.
Budding Birders (ages 3 to 6) will have a range of activities and a bird discovery walk, while Young Birders (ages 7 to 18) will participate in the official count and pre-choose their birding location. The objective of this event is to have fun, connect families with nature, and potentially create a "home team" of birders for future bird counts. Kids will be guided and encouraged to look for, identify and record the kinds and numbers of birds they encounter with help from their local "bird brain." All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents and guardians will be encouraged to support their child's discovery and in the process learn some important methods to continue their child's exploration of the natural world.
On January 11, 2014, over 120 participants joined in the event, together counting 68 bird species and over 765 individual birds in various habitats throughout the park. Eight of these species were new to the CBC4Kids bird checklist, including the red-throated loon, the merlin, and the purple finch. After the presentations, the families were treated to an educational visit by Sonoma Bird Rescue, which introduced them to a red-tailed hawk and an American kestrel.
Participants should wear comfortable hiking shoes, dress in layers, bring rain gear, and bring a picnic lunch. Bring binoculars if you have them. Loaner binoculars will also be made available.
This is a free event sponsored by the Point Reyes National Seashore Association and the National Park Service at Point Reyes National Seashore. Pre-Registration Required. Registration will open in November 2014. Check back here for link to registration page.
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Did You Know?
The rich, lush environment of Point Reyes heavily depends on the fog. During rainless summers, fog can account for 1/3 of the ecosystem's water input. But recent studies have indicated that there has been about a 30 percent reduction in fog during the last 100 years here in coastal California. More...