Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Randolph County/Elkins Area Christmas Bird Count


Local bird enthusiasts will take to the roads and woods during the 29th annual Elkins Area Christmas Bird Count on January 3rd, 2011. This event gives birders a chance to get together and have a good time while gathering information on bird diversity and abundance in the area. Participants will meet at 8:00 am at the Division of Natural Resources Operations Center on Ward Road in Elkins. Both novice and experienced bird watchers are invited to take part.

The Elkins area bird count is just one of hundreds of Christmas Bird Counts that occur around the country this time of year. The aim is to tally all birds observed within a 7.5 mile radius of a given point. Over time, these annual counts can reveal trends in populations of various avian species.

On the morning of January 3rd, birders will be grouped into teams of 2-3 observers, and assigned specific routes to survey. If you live in or near Elkins, you can participate by just tallying the birds in your yard by species and reporting that information.

Anyone interested in participating in this year's Christmas Bird Count should contact Jim Fregonara or Craig Stihler or phone the WVDNR at 304-637-0245 for more information.

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