bird countJoin volunteers from High Country Audubon on Sunday, December 18 for the Grandfather Mountain Christmas Bird Count .

Tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas plan to take part in the 112th Christmas Bird Count during the weeks between December 14 and January 5.  The data collected in the census is used to assess the health of bird populations and to help groups like Audubon guide conservation action.

A typical bird count day starts around 7 a.m., includes a meet up time in the early afternoon to compile morning lists and then bird watching continues until dark.  Volunteers are not required to work throughout the entire day.

Birders of all skill sets are welcome to participate.  Counters will be divided into groups and each group will have at least one experienced birdwatcher.  In the past families, students, birders and scientists have all gotten involved.

Those interested in participating should send an e-mail to Education Director Jesse Pope at by December 15.  Please bring your binoculars and a bird guide on the day of the count.

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