The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that a growing number of refuges are trying a new variation on the traditional National Audubon Christmas Bird Count — the Christmas/Winter Bird Count for Kids, aimed at youngsters age 8 to 18.
Refuges holding bird counts for kids include Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Pennsylvania, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah, and Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland. Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge Complex in North Dakota appears to have been conducting a bird count for kids the longest — currently in their tenth year.
You can visit Sonomabirding.org for tips on holding a Christmas Bird Count for kids. Also visit the National Audubon website to learn about the history of the counts and how they contribute to environmental education and bird conservation.