Save the Date: 5th Annual Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids)
Every year for over a century, tens of thousands of volunteers take part in the National Audubon Society’s Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action. This rigorous event often does not include young children, so in an effort to train future generations in this country-wide endeavor Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) in collaboration with the National Park Service and Sonoma Birding, invite families with children ages 3-18 to join us at Point Reyes National Seashore for a half day event to learn some of the important basic elements of this grand old Audubon tradition. Volunteer birders, event staff and bilingual spanish speakers needed. Contact Jessica Taylor to get involved.
The park offers a perfect outdoor classroom to host our event, which boasts some of the highest bird diversity and numbers of any National Park unit with sightings of nearly 490 species or 54% of all North American birds. The event will be held at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, home to PRNSA’s Nature Science Camp (for ages 7 to 12) and Adventure Camp (for ages 12 to 16).
Youth ages 3-6 are invited to join our Budding Birders group, to participate in a range of activities and a bird discovery walk. Young Birders, ages 7-18, will participate in the official count. Each family will choose their birding instructor/location on a first-come, first-served basis. Each child will receive a bird booklet to help him or her get familiar with birds and to record and tally field observations. Participants will break into groups led by local birding experts and spend 2 hours in the field discovering and counting birds. Groups will return to the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center to report their findings during the Tabulation Celebration. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch.
All children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should wear comfortable hiking shoes, bring rain gear, dress in layers, and bring a picnic lunch and binoculars (if possible). Loaner binoculars will be available.
The CBC4Kids was spearheaded in 2007 by Tom Rusert and Darren Peterie of Sonoma Birding, who have expanded this program into a North American including Canada. The CBC4Kids was first introduced to the National Park Service in 2011 at Point Reyes National Seashore. The event brings together all the elements to introduce to the next generation of stewards the importance of birds in the ecosystem, the tradition of annual bird counts and the fun of getting families outside to exercise and engage with the natural world. The event is supported by the National Park Service, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Sonoma Birding and national initiatives including America’s Great Outdoors, Let’s Move Outside, and Healthy Parks, and Healthy People:Bay Area.
Recommended Ages: Young Birders ages 7-18 for official count. Budding Birders ages 3-6 for special walk and activities.
Cost: Free, Pre-Registration Required. Registration will open in November 2014. Check back here for link to registration page.
Location: Point Reyes National Seashore's Clem Miller Environmental Education Center (Also in Spanish, here)
2014 Results & Photos: We had over 100 participants count 68 bird species, and over 765 individual birds! Eight of these species were new to our CBC4Kids bird checklist. Click here, to see full list of birds by species and year, or visit our Facebook page for event photos from the past four years. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
You can support this event bv becoming a member of our organization, which allows us to provide a number of stewardship events, plus important environmental education and park restoration and preservation projects at Point Reyes National Seashore. Learn more...