Birders of all levels are invited to participate in the Audubon Society Christmas Bird Counts. Tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in anadventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Adults, children, students, birders, and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird
guides, and checklists, go out on an annual mission – often before dawn, to collect data in order to assess the health of bird populations, which in turn helps guide conservation action. This event is the longest-running annual wildlife census in North America, running strong for well over over 100 years now.
Plan to spend the entire day, or just part of it. Each count takes place in an established 15-mile wide diameter circle, and is organized by a count compiler. If you are a beginning birder, you will be paired with a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher.
DECEMBER 28 – BILL WILLIAMS RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Address: 60911 Highway 95, Parker, AZ 85344
Directions: Take Highway 95 toward the Bill Williams bridge. The Lake Havasu National Wildlife Refuge Complex is between mileposts 160/161.
DECEMBER 29 – HAVASU NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Directions: Just off I-40 @ Exit 1 (Topock); follow the signs to the Refuge.
Contact Kathleen Blair for details on start times and details. Event dates and times are subject to change. Please contact event coordinator to verify information.