Northwest Illinois Audubon Society To Participate In Annual Christmas Bird Count

Freeport, Illinois — It’s time once again for the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society to participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count. This will be the 42nd time that our chapter has taken part in this endeavor to take one-day snapshots of bird diversity and population in predetermined areas.

You are invited to be a part of this year’s count. It will take place on Saturday, December 16. We will meet at the Spring Grove Family Restaurant, 1521 S. West Ave. in Freeport at 6:30 a.m. for a “Dutch-treat” breakfast. After eating, we will assign territories and divide up.

If you are a beginning or novice birder, we will assign you with a more experienced person. The count generally lasts through late afternoon. If you can only help for the morning or afternoon, we will be meeting at 12:00 noon at the Stephenson County Convention and Visitors Bureau on US Rt. 20 East to eat lunch and discuss afternoon plans. Bring a sack lunch and binoculars and dress for the weather.

Anyone who would like to do some early or late owling should contact count compiler Richard Benning at the number indicated below about the location you will be covering.

You may also be a part of the count by being a feeder counter. See the bird list and instructions. A sign-up sheet will be passed around at the December 5th NIAS monthly meeting for both field counters and feeder counters.

If you cannot attend the meeting and wish to participate, or if you have any questions, contact Richard Benning 815-865-5279.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 – 6:30 a.m.
Spring Grove Family Restaurant, 1521 S. West Ave., Freeport, IL
Leader: Richard Benning, 815-865-5279



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