Event is one of the longest-running citizen science projects in the world
ANCHORAGE – Some Anchorage kids spent Sunday helping the Anchorage Audubon Society get a jump-start on its annual Christmas Bird Count.
They were at the Alaska Zoo in the morning to count different species of wild birds. And no, the birds in the zoo exhibits weren’t included.
The kids said they spotted a lot of ravens, some magpies and some woodpeckers. The Christmas Bird Count has been happening for 114 years and is one of the longest-running citizen science projects in the world.
The Audubon Society said the event is a great way to get kids outside with their parents and have fun in nature.
“It’s really great,” said Beth Peluso, Audubon Alaska communications manager. “This morning they got so excited. They get a little distracted sometimes when they see a squirrel or an animal at the zoo, but when they’re focusing on the birds they get super excited.”
The Anchorage Audubon Society will host the annual Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, Dec. 14.
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