Volunteers Needed for Annual Bird Count
Theodore Roosevelt National
Park is looking for volunteers to participate in the nationwide Audubon
Christmas Bird Count. The Medora Count
will take place on Saturday, January 2, 2010, starting at 8:00 a.m.
“We are holding our counts later this year, after the holidays, to attract a larger number of birders,” said Superintendent Valerie J. Naylor. “This is a fun winter event, and we hope many people will join us.”
Volunteers will be assigned to groups and survey areas before they go into the field. Participants arriving later in the day should call in advance for guidance.
The annual event, now in its 110th year, is the world’s longest-running citizen science event. Information gathered during the CBC helps scientists learn more about how birds are faring throughout North America.
“The bird count is enjoyable for those new to birding as well as experienced birders,” said Naylor. “Everyone is encouraged to participate. Beginners can learn from experienced birders and those keeping annual bird checklists can get a good start in 2010 with this volunteer event.”
The areas to be covered encompass a 7 ½-mile radius around Medora, North Dakota and a 7 ½- mile radius from the North Unit Visitor Center. Observers will work in teams to drive and walk these 177-square-mile areas to observe and record bird sightings. This will be the 34th year for the Medora Count and 29th year for the North Unit area. A total of 67 species have been sighted during the Medora Counts and 60 species for the North Unit Counts, including many species that can only be found here in the winter.
Birders need to bring their
own binoculars and warm clothing. Hot
drinks will be provided at the park visitor centers. The event is free courtesy of the Theodore
Roosevelt Nature and History Association, the park’s non-profit partner
organization. For further information, contact
the park at 701-623-4466.