The Prairie Lakes Audubon Chapter will be holding their 23rd annual Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, Dec. 16. The group will meet at Kegler's Kitchen restaurant in Spirit Lake at 7 a.m. for assignments and again at noon so people can participate a half-day or all day.
Groups will be organized into teams which will spend the day canvassing a 15 mile circle that encompasses the lakes area. At the end of the day, participants will meet for supper and compile the results on the numbers and kinds of birds found. Volunteer participants are welcome to assist with the count and beginners will be paired with experienced birders.
The first Christmas Bird Count was held on the east coast on Christmas Day, 1900, as an alternative to a custom that involved shooting the greatest number of birds in one day. It has become one of the longest running and largest efforts for collection of data on bird populations in North America.
Anyone interested in participating in this day of fun and social cooperation to assist in the collection of important data on the local winter bird populations should contact Lee Schoenewe at 262-8194.