Thursday, 14 December 2017 06:27

Waterton Bird Count Week goes until Dec. 18

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The 41st annual Waterton Christmas Bird Count on Friday, Dec.15  (count week December 12-18) is the perfect colourful winter activity for those who enjoy the outdoors and are interested in birds. Entry to the park is free in celebration of Canada 150 and participation in the event is also free.


This is only the second time in the 41 year history of the bird count that there has been a wildfire the summer before the count. How will this year differ from last?
In late September, park staff heard many more woodpeckers than usual in some of the closed areas of the park.
Waterton’s Christmas Bird Count is part of the longest running citizen science project in North America. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to expert birders. Participants are invited to spend a couple of hours or more identifying and counting birds in their favourite part of Waterton Lakes National Park that is open to the public.  If volunteers are unable to attend the official count day or they are interested in coming for more than one day, they can also record the species they have seen during the count week.
Count week is three days before and three days after the official count day. On those six extra days the number of individual birds seen per species aren’t tracked, only the species.  
For more information about the Waterton Christmas Bird Count please visit: http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/ pnnp/ab/waterton/activ/benevolat-volunteer/evenements-events  

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