Volunteers needed for the 114th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count in Gould

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is gearing up for the 114th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the longest running “citizen science” survey in the world. The public is invited to head to Gould and enjoy State Forest State Park’s hospitality during this year’s count.

Participants are asked to arrive at the park’s Moose Visitor Center, Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 a.m. and be ready for an exciting day of counting birds. Novice birders are reminded to bring binoculars, bird guides and warm clothing.

“It’s a lot of fun, and it’s for good cause,” said State Forest State Park Manager Kent Minor. “There is beautiful scenery, crisp, clean air and great people getting together to share their common interests in conservation, the outdoors and birds.”

Since the Christmas Bird Count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteers. Several thousand birders throughout the Americas join together between Dec. 14 through Jan. 5 to take part in what has become a tradition for many families and students.

“Those that participate in the Christmas Bird Count contribute significantly to the conservation of a variety of bird species,” added Minor. “The data is very useful in keeping track of the overall population trends and helps with management and conservation goals.”

Everyone can enjoy a light breakfast before heading up to the North Park CBC circle. After a busy morning of counting birds, participants can gather for the provided warm lunch.

State Forest State Park is located at 56750 Highway 14, 1 mile east of Gould. For more information, call the park at 970-723-8366, or visit www.parks.state.co.us

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