On December 12, beginning at 8:00 am, Park staff and volunteers will conduct the annual Christmas Bird Count. This will be Wind Cave National Park’s tenth annual count and is patterned after the nationwide National Audubon Society effort to document trends in wintering birdlife throughout the United States. The area covered will be a 15 mile circle centered on the Ranking Ridge fire tower. This area includes all of Wind Cave National Park and portions of the Black Hills National Forest and Custer State Park. This effort is conducted annually to aid in documenting winter birdlife in the park and surrounding area, provide information for the park avian databases, provide information to the South Dakota Ornithological Union, and to enjoy time with friends. Those participating should bring a lunch, warm clothes, field guides, binoculars, spotting scope and something to share for dinner, as at the end of the day participants will meet at the VIP center for a Pot Luck dinner and compilation of bird lists. All are invited to participate and any additional questions may be directed to Dan Roddy at 745-1157.