No this isn’t a typo. Christmas may be past, but the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is holding a “Christmas” Bird Count in January, geared toward the younger crowd. The Christmas Bird Count for Kids is Saturday, January 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at Barr Lake State Park. The event is designed to get young birders involved in the tradition of annual bird counts, foster a conservation ethic and give families a chance to get outdoors for a fun event.
Budding Birders, ages 3 to 6, will enjoy fun activities including a bird discovery walk. Children ages 7 to 18 and their parents participate in the actual count. They will be broken into teams and given info on local birds, as well as a checklist to tally what species their find in the field.
Each team will also be assigned a naturalist to guide them on a 90-minute hike around the Barr Lake area. After the count, all will gather for lunch and report their findings.
Cost is $3 per person, plus the $8 per vehicle entrance fee to Barr Lake State Park (unless you already have an annual Colorado State Parks Pass).
Participants should wear comfortable hiking shoes and dress in layers. You’ll need to bring a picnic lunch, field guide and binoculars (if you have them). RMBO will have extra binoculars and field guides available. Warm drinks, water and snacks will be provided.
Meet at the Meadowlark Picnic Pavilion in Barr Lake State Park, 13401 Picadilly Rd., Brighton.