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Christmas Bird Count held on Dec. 17

Mouthful of Mouth - A male mountian bluebird delivers a mouth for breakfast to the nest. Dillon, Colorado.

Mouthful of Mouth - A male mountian bluebird delivers a mouth for breakfast to the nest. Dillon, Colorado.

The U.S. Forest Service’s Sulphur Ranger District will host its 15th annual Christmas Bird Count in conjunction with the National Audubon Society on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Join bird lovers around the country and volunteers in a holiday tradition that has taken place for more than 100 years.

Families, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists help provide critical data on bird population trends from around the world. Audubon and other organizations use the data collected in this wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations.

Granby-area bird counters can choose to participate by motor vehicle, skis or snowshoes, and all birding skill levels are welcome. Other opportunities to contribute, for those who live within the count area, include: volunteering to count and report birds that visit home feeders on the day of the count; allowing access to 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 in any of these events, please contact wildlife biologist Doreen Sumerlin at 970-887-4129 or email dsumerlin@fs.fed.us.

To learn more about the Christmas Bird Count, visit http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count.