SOUTHWEST CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

cedar waxwing georgi bairdEagle Marsh and other prime birding sites in southwest Allen County will be included for the first time in an annual Christmas Bird Count on January 3 sponsored by Stockbridge Audubon Society, Little River Wetlands Project, and Fox Island County Park.

Birders at any level of expertise are welcome, but everyone must register by December 30 at zzedpowers@aol.com or by calling 260-638-4291 and be assigned to a team. Participants will meet at 8 a.m. at the Little River Wetlands Project office at 7209 Engle Road, Suite 200, Fort Wayne and the count will continue until all the assigned sites are tallied.

“This new count area allows us to include what have become some of the best birding sites in Allen County,” says Cynthia Powers, one of the leaders of the project. “Each team will visit a different park or preserve in which to watch, listen, and tally all the bird species found.”

Part of a nationwide effort by the Audubon Society to count birds every Christmas season for the last 114 years, the count in this area has previously been focused only on other parts of Allen County.

For more information or to register, contact Cynthia Powers at zzedpowers@aol.com or by calling 260-638-4291. Information about the national Christmas Bird Count can be found at birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count.
The 114th Christmas Bird Count database is being finalized as we make preparations for the 115th Count which will begin on Sunday, December 14th, 2014. The count period runs from December 14 to January 5 every year.

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