Annual Christmas Bird Count and Open House Mark the Season at Wind Cave National Park
Contact: Tom Farrell, 605-745-1130
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. – Holiday events at Wind Cave National Park begin with the annual Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 12, followed by the park's holiday open house on Wednesday, December 15, 2010.
The park's fifteenth annual Christmas Bird Count is patterned after the National Audubon Society's effort to document trends in wintering birdlife throughout the United States. The count area will include all of
People wishing to participate should meet at the park visitor center at 8 a.m. Participants are asked to dress warmly, bring a lunch, field guides and binoculars, something to share for dinner and a place setting. Participants will return to the park's
The open house on December 15 will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the visitor center. Light refreshments will be served, and students from the
"Our open house is a fun way to celebrate the season and visit with park staff," said superintendent Vidal Davila. "We look forward to the opportunity to visit with our neighbors, and we wish people in our surrounding communities a happy and safe holiday season."
The public will be able to view park exhibits and browse through the visitor center's bookstore which is operated by the
The visitor center and cave will be closed on Christmas and New Year's Day to allow staff to celebrate the holidays with their families. Throughout the remainder of the winter, the visitor center will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Did You Know?
Alvin McDonald was the first systematic explorer of Wind Cave. He explored the cave from 1890 until his death in 1893. More...