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News: 12/15/2015

Bird count is citizen science, for kids and adults

The 11th Annual Sonoma Valley Audubon Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 30, from dawn to dusk. The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) provide critical data on population trends across the nation and data collected at CBC events is entered into Audubon’s searchable database.

Celebrate Sonoma’s good nature and join scores of birders for great birding opportunities in Sonoma Valley. All levels of birders are welcome. Recorders, spotters, and drivers are also needed. There will be a tabulation dinner following the birding day. For complete information and to sign up, contact Eugene Hunn at

There will also be a Sonoma Valley Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) on Sunday, Jan. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will start at the Sonoma Barracks on Sonoma Plaza. Established in 2007 by Tom Rusert and Darren Peterie, co-compilers of the “traditional” Audubon CBC and founders of Sonoma Birding, the CBC4Kids is geared to youngsters ages 8 to 16 years old. One participating adult per child is required. No birding experience is necessary.

If you can’t make the Sonoma Valley CBC4Kids, there will be several other counts hosted throughout the North Bay. To sign up and find out more, go to

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