RBA Young Birder Event: Christmas Bird Count for Kids
December 7 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
For 119 years, adults have counted birds every winter as part of the annual Christmas Bird Count, and now it’s time for kids to join the fun! The Christmas Bird Count for Kids is a family-friendly bird-watching event that builds bird identification skills and contributes to scientific bird count data.
The adventure starts with a short indoor lesson to introduce the local birds and to practice using binoculars. We’ll then head outdoors to count the birds!
Experienced birders will lead small teams of kids (and their parents) on different routes through the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory and surrounding area (the Owl Woods, Manitou Beach Preserve, the West Spit, and long the lakeshore), as we attempt to find as many birds and as many species as possible. Each survey route will be 45-90 minutes, depending on the weather, and at the end all the teams will meet up to tally their birds and to compare their sightings.