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Norwalk birders needed to assist with annual Christmas count

By JOHN HAGEMAN • Dec 8, 2017 at 5:00 PM

NORWALK — Sheryl Young, President of The Firelands Chapter of the Audubon Society, has announced that the 2017 Christmas bird count will be held on Dec. 16.

Young calls this 118th annual event, “the largest citizen’s science project in the country.”

The Firelands chapter’s Christmas count territory covers a 15 mile-wide circle in Erie and Huron counties. The circle is broken up into blocks, including Old Woman’s Creek, Sheldon Marsh, Berlin Heights, Plum Brook and Norwalk. They are particularly in need of counters to cover the Norwalk block.

Birders of all skill levels are invited to participate in the official Christmas count for some or all of the day by watching their bird feeders and reporting their observations of bird species and numbers seen.

There will be a lunch break at 12 p.m. for registered participants in the Firelands Room at Osborn Park, a gathering at the Huron Pier at 4 p.m. — and a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. back at the Firelands Room, where the results of the observations will be tallied.

In addition to the Dec. 16 single day Christmas bird count, species seen on the other days from Dec. 13-19 can be included in a Christmas week count.

However, to prevent double-counting and territory overlap, the National Audubon Society does not recognize any observations from those who have not pre-registered with the local chapter at [email protected]

There is no fee to participate in the Christmas bird count, but donations are welcomed by the National Audubon Society to offset the costs of compiling all of the data.

The Firelands Audubon Society was founded in 1971, and membership is only $15 per year. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of most months at the Frost Center in Osborn Park.

Members enjoy opportunities to socialize and increase knowledge of the natural world through interesting speakers, fun activities and field trips.

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