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Audubon Christmas Bird Count in Steamboat will be held Saturday

The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be held Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Yampa Valley Birding Club will host the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, and interested volunteers are invited to gather at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Egg & I Restaurant, 325 Anglers Drive.

The day will begin with a brief meeting, then volunteers will travel to several nearby defined count zones to look for birds. Each zone will have an experienced birder as leader.

The count is organized locally by the Yampa Valley Birding Club and Yampatika. This will be Steamboat’s 13th Christmas bird count and will be one of about 50 similar counts held throughout Colorado as part of the Audubon Citizen Science project, incorporating about 2,500 counts with more than 72,000 participants in the Western Hemisphere.

If you go

What: Audubon Christmas Bird Count
When: 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15
Where: Egg & I Restaurant, 325 Anglers Drive.

According to Tessa Moulton, one of the Yampa Valley Birding Club event organizers, the data collected by observers allows researchers, conservation biologists and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. When combined with other surveys, it provides a picture of how the continent’s bird populations have changed in time and space over the past hundred years.

Yampatika also is organizing a ski group that will count birds at Steamboat Resort. To join the skiing group, contact Yampatika at 970-871-9151. A ski pass is not included.

It’s also possible to participate in the count by being a feeder watcher. To obtain guidelines for counting birds at household bird feeders on Dec. 15, contact organizers at i12smgbn@gmail.com.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.


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