The U.S. Forest Service's Sulphur Ranger District will coordinate its 11th annual Christmas Bird Count with the National Audubon Society on Saturday, Dec. 15.
Using volunteers, this survey covers a 15-mile diameter around the Granby area and collects population data on the area's resident birds.
Bird counters can choose to participate by motor vehicle, skis or snowshoes, and all birding skill levels are welcome. This is an excellent learning experience for beginners and a great event for bird lovers of all ages.
New this year will be a kids' route, where children will learn to use binoculars and identify birds during a short walk along the Fraser River.
Other opportunities to contribute, if you live within the count area, include: volunteering to count and report birds that visit your home feeder on the day of the count; allowing access to your private property for volunteers to count birds; or simply filling bird feeders that are visible from public roads on the day of the count.
To participate or contribute, call wildlife biologist Brock McCormick, 970-887-4108, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.