Join us for our annual Christmas Bird Count! We’ll spend the day surveying the birds in our 15-mile-diameter count circle, which includes a variety of habitats. We usually see a nice diversity of waterfowl and grassland birds. There’s always a chance for Short-eared Owl and American Tree Sparrow! Participating in the Christmas Bird Count is a great way to learn about the winter birds of Virginia, contribute to a long-term community science project, and get to know other birdwatchers in the area.
After you register, our staff will assign you to a team of volunteers led by an expert counter. (If you feel qualified to lead a team, please let us know!) Teams will drive from site to site, getting out at each to identify the birds together. In the past, teams have met at the Clifton Institute and then carpooled from site to site. Due to COVID-19, we will likely ask volunteers to drive themselves from site to site and we will likely not have a compilation potluck at the end of the day, but we will evaluate the situation closer to the date.
Age: Adults and children accompanied by an adult.
Bring: Please bring binoculars and a spotting scope if you have one.
Weather policy: Date and time subject to change dependent on weather. Please check your email for updates on the morning of the event.
COVID-19 Information: This program will be entirely outdoors (an outside port-o-potty will be available). We require that everyone have a mask with them in case we need to go inside during inclement weather, to administer first aid, or for other reasons. Please do not attend if you are experiencing or have experienced in the last two weeks any symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.).
Registration is REQUIRED.
Cancellation policy: If you register and can no longer attend this event, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can open your spot to someone else. IF PAID EVENT– No refunds will be given upon registrant cancellation.
Before attending this event, please read the information included on our liability release form (click here).
We look forward to seeing you at the Clifton Institute!