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Christmas Bird Count in Eldorado Canyon
December 18, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pmFree
Difficulty: Easy | Client Agencies: All ⟫
Yes, this is very last-minute but it’s a great opportunity to do some real citizen science right here in Boulder. The Christmas Bird Count is the longest running and largest annual bird census in the world. We’ll hike into Eldorado Canyon, counting the different species of birds (and mammals) we encounter. These will be reported at the end of the day and assembled into the national report. You do not need to be a skilled birder to participate, and we can lend you the binoculars you’ll need if you don’t have your own pair. If you do bring your own pair, make sure the magnification is no less than 8x and no greater than 10x.
Please provide your own lunch of this outing. Parents are also welcomed to join us. Everyone should dress warmly, as it’ll be cold and shady in the area we’re to survey. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Warm winter jacket
- Warm winter gloves
- Warm winter hat
- Thermal underwear or snow pants
- Boots suitable for hiking and snow
- Yaktraxs, microspikes, or similar traction devices
- Field guide
For more information on the Christmas Bird Count, please visit this site. Apologies for the last-minute invitation; the call for additional teams came late. It’s also totally okay if we have more volunteers and parents than kids on this one.