Participate in the Los Alamos Christmas Bird Count this Sunday, Dec. 16 by spending the day counting and identifying every bird you see! This event is perfect for birders of all skill levels and is free to participate in. Email Mouser Williams at email@example.com to sign up. Courtesy/PEEC
Participate in the world’s longest-running citizen science project this Sunday, Dec. 16 by joining the Los Alamos Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Volunteers will spend the day counting and identifying every bird they can see. People of all birding skill levels can get involved in this project, which is free to participate in.
Participants will break up into small teams that will bird in different locations around Los Alamos County. Each team will be assigned a local birding expert, so volunteers do not need to have any particular skill at identifying birds. Volunteers can also report birds seen at their feeders and count from the comfort of their homes.
Most field teams will be doing some hiking and spending most of the day outdoors. Anyone wishing to participate — be that in the field or at home — should email the CBC coordinator Mouser Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to get signed up. Please indicate your birding skill level, how long you would like to spend outside, your desire for physical exertion or if you plan to bird at home in your email. The specific meeting times and locations will be determined by the team leaders, so be sure to email Williams to register and get the details in advance.
The National Audubon Society organizes the CBC and 2018 will be the 119th year of this project. Ecologists and ornithologists have used the results of the CBC to track bird populations and distributions, including responses to things like West Nile Virus, the banning of DDT and the warming climate.
PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.