Saturday, December 16, 2017, 08:30am - 12:30pm
Did you know that 313 different species of birds have been recorded by local birders in Napa? These “Citizen Scientists” are part of a growing national movement. Websites such as eBird.org depend on everyday people to observe and record bird sightings and have helped scientists gather more complete information about bird populations and migration patterns. On December 16, 2017, join the Napa-Solano Audubon, the Napa County Library, and Connolly Ranch to help inspire youngsters to become the next generation of bird lovers and citizen scientists, and ensure the survival of our graceful feathered friends for the next century and beyond. Napa-Solano Audubon volunteers and fledgling birders will disperse around parks in Napa to conduct the annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids, counting every bird in their assigned areas for 90 minutes of birding bliss. The participants will meet at the Napa County Library, 580 Coombs St., at 8:30 AM for a Binocular Bootcamp, and a short orientation session. Then, with bird checklists in hand, they will take off to their locations. After birding, they will return to the Library to report their results and submit them for posting on eBird, a citizen-based bird observation network operated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. At the 2016 Napa CBC 4 Kids, there were a grand total of 63 different species of birds and 1026 total individuals spotted at 5 different parks. This year’s locations will include Kennedy Park, Trancas Crossing Park, Oxbow Preserve, and Connolly Ranch. If you have a child, 7 and up, who is fascinated by the natural world, this is an excellent event for them. It’s the perfect way to get better acquainted with nearby nature in Napa, and have a fun family outing at the same time. There is no experience required, and volunteers from Napa-Solano Audubon Society will lead the groups and assist with bird identification at each location. This public event is free, but registration is required through Eventbrite.