Christmas bird count looking for feeder watchers |

Christmas bird count looking for feeder watchers

Staff Reports
Birds of feather flock together as they wait for inclement weather outside of Starbucks in January, 2013.
Jim Grant file photo |

The Minden Christmas bird count is looking for people who operate bird feeders around their homes.

The fourth annual Minden Christmas bird count is Saturday starting at 7 a.m., and the birds visiting the feeders can be included in the total count of species as well as the total number of birds.

“This is a chance for anyone who can identify two or more species of birds to take part in the longest ongoing science survey in the United States,” organizers said. “The data gathered shows what birds and how many are located in a 15-mile diameter circle covering Minden, Gardnerville and surrounding Douglas County at this time of year.”

The Christmas bird count feeder reports of more than 580 birds for 2012 were included in the grand totals of more than 11,400 birds comprised of 85 species for last year’s Christmas bird count.

The numbers show Carson Valley’s role as a wintering area for birds migrating around in western United States and Canada.

To join in on this year’s Christmas bird count feeder watch contact Mary Ellen Conaway at, or 265-7651.

To join the field survey contact Jim Woods at, 265-3914 or 720-7009.