The longest-running citizen science wildlife survey in the world, Audubon's Christmas Bird Count, will take place from Dec. 14, 2012 to Jan. 5, 2013.
During that time, tens of thousands of volunteers will add a new layer to data that has shaped conservation and Congressional decisions. The data has been used by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of the Interior, and the EPA.
Want to be part of the action? Join the Cherokee County Conservation Board (CCCB) on their Christmas Bird Count Saturday, Dec. 22.
The Christmas Bird Count consists of volunteers traveling around parts of Cherokee and O'Brien counties identifying and recording birds they see and hear, all from a warm vehicle.
"We're looking for volunteers of all types, avid birders and those just beginning to have an interest in birds," says CCCB Naturalist Laura Kohn. "Our day will begin at the CCCB office on River Road starting at 8 a.m., lunch will be offered at noon to all volunteers back at the office, then we'll finish our day around 4:30 p.m."
If you can't join them for the day, feel free to attend either the morning or afternoon sessions. Volunteers interested in taking part need to register with Kohn so she has an idea of how many will be around for lunch and how many vehicles will be needed. Bring binoculars and a bird identification book if you have them.
Not interested in leaving your home? You can watch your bird feeder throughout the day on Dec. 22, recording the number and type of birds you see and hear. To do this, please contact Laura at the CCCB to register your feeder.
To register or for more information, contact the Cherokee County Conservation Board by calling 225-6709 or e-mailing email@example.com. Also, visit them on Facebook for more up-to-date information.