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119th annual Christmas Bird Count hosted by Tahoe Institute for Natural Science

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Pictured are two sandhill cranes.

Join novice and expert birders alike to participate in the South Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS). The Christmas Bird Count, begun in 1900, is widely regarded as the largest and oldest citizen science project in the world: tens of thousands of intrepid volunteers head out into the cold to count birds for a day. This fun and social day has become a family tradition among generations, and it is a great excuse to get out and do some birding in the winter. People who don’t want to go outside can get involved too, by keeping track of birds at their feeders.

Each of the citizen scientists who annually take part in the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) makes a valuable contribution to conservation. Participants collect critical data on bird population trends, and over the years, these volunteers have built a database unmatched by any other wildlife census. The Audubon Society and other organizations use the CBC database to assess the health of bird populations — and to help guide conservation action.

The count will take place Dec. 16 no matter the weather. At day’s end, the group will reconvene for some pizza and refreshments and tally the totals.

Participation is free, but RSVP at http://www.tinweb.org/cbc. For information, call 775-298-0067 or email Sarah Hockensmith at sarah@TINSweb.org.

For information about the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, call 775-298-0067 or visit http://www.TINSweb.org. Tahoe Institute for Natural Science is a member-supported nonprofit organization seeking to advance the natural history, conservation, and ecosystem knowledge of the Tahoe region through science, education, and outreach.