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News: 01/15/2015

Sign up for January kid-size bird count





The Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) is a fun, family-friendly winter bird count event celebrating our feathered friends while engaging youth and their families in the popular sport of birding. This is the eighth year that Sonoma Birding has offered this half-day holiday event that has now spread across North America in over 100 locations.

On Sunday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., experienced birders will lead small teams of kids (ages eight to 16), along with one parent per youngster, on an assigned route. The predetermined routes and habitats are located throughout the town of Sonoma. Each team, following registration, team assignment, and binocular boot camp, will set out on a 90-minute observation hike, recording all the bird species observed and the total number counted by the team, on a checklist provided. Teams will return to the Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa St., for a festive tabulation celebration where kids representing each birding team will present their tally results to the assembled audience. There will also be a “Budding Birders Camp” (ages four to seven) with a range of birding activities including a short discovery bird walk provided by the Crescent Montessori School based at the Sonoma Community Center.

Participants should be dressed for the weather: wear comfortable shoes, dress in layers, bring a bird book, binoculars, if you have them, and a snack and water. There will be some loaner binoculars provided. To RSVP, email sonomanature@gmail.com or phone participant information to 939-8007. Bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks will be provided. The cost is $5 per child and will be collected at sign-in. Volunteers are welcome. For more information visit www.sonomabirding.com.



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