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Christmas Bird Count for Kids (and Kids at Heart)
December 18, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Want an opportunity to get your family outdoors over the holidays? Would you like to contribute to science? Join our Christmas Bird Count for Kids and Kids at Heart event at Schramm Education Center! People of all ages and experience levels are invited to learn more about birds and birding as we count and record the birds that we see at Schramm. Participate in a guided bird walk or bird feeder watch and help tally our results. We’ll also share how you can participate in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count Project, the longest running community science project in the country!
This program is included with general admission to Schramm Education Center. Admission is $10 per adult, $7 per senior ages 60+, $7 per child ages 4-12, youth 3 and under free. Schramm family pass members participate free. This is a family-friendly event and will include bird crafts after our birding walks. Families may stay and count birds for any amount of time, but we recommend that you arrive on time in the morning for the welcome to learn about the project, to practice bird identification, to learn how to use binoculars, and to split into bird watching teams. We will be going out rain, snow, or sunshine, so dress prepared for the weather! We’ll provide a limited number of binoculars; you’re encouraged to bring your own if you have them.
This year is the 122nd year of the Christmas Bird Count. Across the country, volunteers serve as data compilers for a circle 15 miles in diameter. Bird lovers of all ages and skills in each circle work with their compiler to count all the birds they can see in a 24-hour period. The compiler then reports the data from their circle to the National Audubon Society.
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Christmas Bird Count for Kids and Kids at Heart Schedule
9:30 – 9:45 AM: Christmas Bird Count Welcome
9:45 – 10:15 AM: Binocular 101 and Birding Basics
10:15 – 10:30 AM: Intro to Schramm Winter Birds
10:30 – 11:30 AM: Outdoor Bird Hikes & Indoor Feeder Watch
11:30 – 12:00 PM: Tally Results and Make Bird Crafts