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Join the annual Christmas bird count

_N-BirdfeedingDo you love watching the birds? Join the 113th Annual Christmas Bird Count with the Grand Rapids Audubon Club, Saturday, December 29 at 7:30 a.m. at the Wittenbach/Wege Center at 11715 Vergennes, Lowell, Michigan.

The Christmas Bird Count entices families, students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists to leave the comfort of a warm house during the holiday season to venture out in search of birds. Yes, birds! This annual mission has been conducted for over 100 years by dedicated people with the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations and to help guide conservation action. You can get involved!

Local bird enthusiasts will depart from the Wittenbach/Wege Center at 8:00 a.m. returning around noon for a brown bag lunch. Participants can leave after lunch or continue the census. At 5:00 p.m., section findings will be tallied back at the Wittenbach/Wege Center.

Since the Christmas Bird Count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteer citizen scientists. In other words, it all starts with you! For more information, please call either Tom Leggett at (616) 249-3382 or e-mail: tomleggett@hotmail.com or Ranger Steve (Mueller) at (616) 696-1753 or e-mail: odybrook@chartermi.net.


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