Christmas Bird Count for Kids Jan. 11 at Crab Orchard NWR - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Christmas Bird Count for Kids Jan. 11 at Crab Orchard NWR

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(Source: Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge) (Source: Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge)

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is excited to announce the third annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids which will be held on Saturday, January 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Christmas Bird Count, which began over 100 years ago, is one of the oldest wildlife surveys in the world. Kids and families around southern Illinois will have a chance to become citizen scientists by taking part in this old tradition with a new twist, the Christmas Bird Count for Kids.

A binocular boot camp will kick-off the event, after which kids will divide into teams and head out into the field with volunteer experts to count and record the species of birds they locate. Teams will meet back at the visitor center after the count for snacks and hot chocolate and to tally their results.

This event is designed as a way for families to have fun outdoors and learn more about local birds. Kids of all birding abilities are encouraged to participate. Participants should come dressed for spending time outdoors. You may bring your own binoculars or borrow some from the Refuge. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not necessary, however large groups are asked to call ahead. For more information, please contact the Visitor Center at 618-998-5933.

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