Monday, December 12, 2011

John Heinz NWR is holding a winter bird count for kids!

PA YOUNG BIRDERS AT HEINZ REFUGE invite kids ages 8-16 to join in the 2012 WINTER BIRD COUNT FOR KIDS, Saturday, January 7, 2012, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. All are welcome, from advanced youth birders to kids who just like to get outside and see wildlife.

Inspired by long-running, international Christmas Bird Counts, experienced leaders from PA Young Birders will guide children through discovery, observation and recording of wintering bird species at Heinz Refuge. The program begins with a presentation about the bird we hope to find, followed by getting out into the field with binoculars, recording sightings on checklists, and a tally rally with hot pizza, provided by the Friends of Heinz Refuge.

Last year, kids had a great time amid falling snow and chilly temperatures. They found 42 bird species and enjoyed good looks of a gorgeous Red-shouldered Hawk, nuthatches, kinglets, sparrows, woodpeckers, wild turkeys, blackbirds, mergansers and more!

Meet at the Heinz Refuge Visitors Center. Dress very warmly, and bring binoculars if yo have them (optics will be available to borrow). Reservations are strongly encouraged for school groups, birding clubs or scout groups - contact Debbie Beer, for more details. This event is free.

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