The winter citizen science tradition is celebrating its 122nd year
BRYCE, UT – On Saturday, December 18th nature lovers and birders of all levels of experience will gather at Bryce Canyon National Park to participate in the world’s longest running citizen bird census. The National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count, now in its 122nd year, is an annual event that brings together volunteers across the United States, South America, Canada, and distant Pacific islands, to assist scientists in assessing the health of bird populations.
This year’s event will be modified to occur entirely outdoors. The event is free and will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center. Beginners will be paired with experienced birders, and groups will be provided with everything needed to conduct the count within the fifteen-mile radius assigned to the park. Following the morning count, a t-shirt will be provided, thanks to the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association.
Currently, the park is looking for volunteers to help with the 2021 count. If you are interested in participating, please contact Ranger Peter Densmore by phone at 435-834-4744 or by e-mail at [email protected]. Those who volunteer will receive free park admission. Additionally, those in the local area who would like to contribute data by counting from their home feeders are invited to contact the park as well.
Additional information can also be obtained by visiting go.nps.gov/brycebirdcount, or by calling 435-834-4744.
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