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Death Valley National Park Invites Public to Christmas Bird Count

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avatar Death Valley National Park Invites Public to Christmas Bird Count
December 20, 2014 01:02PM
Starting December 14th, and through the holiday season, citizen scientists will once again fan out across America and America's national parks to count birds. One of the longest running citizen science events in the world, the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count (CBC) began in 1900. It provides reliable data that help demonstrate the importance of national parks to birds.

This year the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) for Death Valley National Park will take place on January 3, 2015. Birders can experience the diversity of habitats and species found in the Death Valley-Furnace Creek area. The public is invited to participate in this count and all skill levels are welcome. For beginners, this is a great opportunity to learn about birds in the area, get identification tips and meet others interested in desert environments.

The bird count will begin at 7 a.m. at the Furnace Creek Golf Course parking lot. Participants should dress in layers; bring a hat and sunscreen; water and food; and binoculars if available. Participants do not need to commit to the entire day, but must be there at 7 a.m. All skill levels are welcome.

Food and lodging are available in Death Valley National Park and in surrounding communities. For more information about Death Valley, see http://nps.gov/deva.

The data collected by CBC participants over the past century allow researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. When combined with other bird surveys, it provides a picture of how the continent’s bird populations have changed over the past hundred years.

The long-term perspective made possible by the Christmas Bird Count is vital for conservationists. It helps guide strategies to protect birds and their habitat, and helps identify environmental issues with implications for people as well. Each year, the CBC mobilizes more than 70,000 volunteers in more than 2,400 locations. When compiled, the results will be posted at http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count. The Christmas Bird Count is also a fun day to be outdoors, learn about local and migratory bird species, and meet new people. http://www.nps.gov/deva/parknews/cbc-2015.htm
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