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Take part in the Sulphur Ranger District’s 12th annual bird count

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GRANBY – The U.S. Forest Service’s Sulphur Ranger District will host its 12th annual Christmas Bird Count in cooperation with the National Audubon Society on Saturday, Dec. 14. Join tens of thousands of bird lovers and volunteers across the Americas in a century-old holiday tradition.

Families, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists, brave the elements to 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 in the count area (within 15 miles of Granby), 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.

Children and families can get involved by participating in the kids’ route.

This short walking loop, ideal for children ages 2-10, follows the Fraser River in Granby’s Kaibab Park and includes a lesson in using binoculars (bring your own or use the ones provided) and clues to identifying birds. The loop concludes with warm drinks. The children’s bird count will begin at 10 a.m. Please dress warmly and wear snow clothes.

To participate or contribute in any of these events, please contact wildlife biologist Brock McCormick at 970-887-4108 or email bmccormick@fs.fed.us.

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

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