Annual Christmas Bird Count To Showcase 50 Species Of Birds At Ponca State Park

Annual Christmas Bird Count To Showcase 50 Species Of Birds At Ponca State Park
Courtesy of Ponca State Park.

PONCA – A mid-December event is approaching at Ponca State Park during an annual Christmas Bird Count.

According to a release, Ponca State Park and members of the Loess Hills Audubon Society welcome participants of all ages and experience levels to take in the citizen science Christmas Bird Count.

This event is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14 at Ponca State Park. There’ll be three starting times for owling at 6:00 a.m., general bird count at 7:30 a.m. and another general bird count at 1:00 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend all three sessions.

Ponca State Park’s Christmas Bird Count is part of a nationwide Christmas Bird Count conducted by the National Audubon Society. Data collected is utilized by conservationists and researchers around the world.

The group will meet at the Resource and Education Center then break into teams.

Plan on joining the fun where participants will learn bird identification tips and see some uncommon species ranging to around 50 species of birds from the Great Prairie Chickens to White Breasted Nuthatch.

Park officials ask that attendees dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, binoculars and bird book. If you do not have binoculars or a bird book, Ponca State Park will loan them to you.

All participants will be provided lunch.

For additional details on Ponca State Park’s annual Christmas Bird Count, call 402-755-2284 and ask for Katie or call 712-574-3107 and ask for Bill. Also, email katie.leware@nebraska.gov or billfhuser@gmail.com.

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