The Kane Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15.
All birders, or those interested in birding, are welcome to join. Participants should meet at the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center in Lovell, Wyoming, at 7 a.m. to check in, select a route, and enjoy a hot beverage.
Participants are advised to utilize a four-wheel drive vehicle if possible. If you don’t have a four-wheel drive vehicle, the center's staff will try to pair you with a team who has one. At check-in participants will be asked for their vehicle license number and description, and a cellphone number for safety reasons.
Participants should bring binoculars, bird books, spotting scope, camera, lunch, a side dish for dinner, warm clothing and footwear, hat and gloves, and plenty of water and/or warm drinks. A clipboard is handy to record findings.
The Kane Count Circle is centered around the old town of Kane and extends from roughly Moncur Springs on the west side to Sand Draw near Lovell. It includes a good portion of the Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management Area. Since pheasant season is still open, wearing hunter orange is a good idea for safety.
Christmas Bird Counts are held throughout North and South America and the Pacific Islands. They are sponsored by the National Audubon Society. As a citizen scientist during the Christmas Bird Count participant observations identify species at risk, focus public policy, initiate conservation strategies, influence public commitment, and locate birds on the move due to climate change.
If you are interested in birding but are unsure of your identification skills, you will be teamed up with veterans. Contact Christy Fleming at 307-548-5406 or by email at Christy_fleming@nps.gov for more information about the Kane count.