Volunteers sought for annual bird count

Volunteers are being sought to help with Riveredge Nature Center’s annual bird count on Saturday, Dec. 17.

The 54th annual count will have volunteers observing birds at their backyard feeders for one hour either in the morning or late afternoon.

Each time they see a new species, they will log the number of individual birds.

Volunteers must live within a 15-mile radius of Riveredge. The area is bounded on the north by Hurias Lake, on the south by Cedarburg, on the west by the West Bend Airport and on the east by the Port Washington lakefront.

The tally of the species seen is recorded on the Feeder Counter checklist form that volunteers email or mail back to Riveredge by the end of December.

To date, Riveredge volunteers have seen 157 species and 770,678 individual birds within the local counting circle.

The annual Christmas Bird Count was started more than a century ago by the National Audubon Society. The information gathered is used by scientists to obtain data on local bird populations.

Interested volunteers are asked to email Mary Holleback at mholleback@riveredge.us or call (262) 414-1224 by Dec. 12 in order to receive the materials needed to participate.

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