HAYS, Kan. -- The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will host
two bird counting events this month for birders, from novices to experts, on
Dec. 14 and 18.
The Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Christmas bird count is
at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, at the Quivira NWR headquarters, 1434 NE 80th
This bird count encompasses all of the refuge as well as
some surrounding land. The object is for birders to find and record all the
birds within the count area during the day. Some groups will be out during
pre-dawn hours to check for owls.
To sign up to assist with owling, contact the refuge at
Anyone can participate regardless of skill level.
Participants must meet at the Quivira Visitor Center. No cost is required but
donations are welcome.
The annual Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas bird count is at 8
a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the KWEC, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend.
Christmas bird counts have been going on in the United
States for more than 100 years. It is the longest running citizen science
program in the world. Scientists can use the information from Christmas bird
counts to evaluate trends in bird populations or to document rare species that
may show up in particular areas.
Participants will meet at the KWEC and divide into groups to
cover designated areas of the count circle. Lunch will be provided.
For more information, contact the KWEC at 1-877-243-9268.