Ruthven Park is pleased to be hosting a Christmas Bird Count for Kids in the new year!
For those out there who have never heard of the Christmas Bird Count project, it is “North America’s longest-running Citizen Science project” (Bird Studies Canada). Every year a group of birdwatchers and general nature enthusiasts gather to survey the birds in a designated area in their region that stays the same from year to year. This annual survey data is reported online and provides valuable information on population trends and statistics for conservation professionals.
In 2007, Bird Studies Canada introduced the Christmas Bird Count for Kids with the goal of inspiring a younger generation to explore and learn about the birds and natural environments around them.
Ruthven Park will be hosting this event on January 4th, 2020 and all are encouraged to join in and help survey the bird species within the park’s boundaries. Families can enjoy the public count, make a bird craft to take home, explore the trails on a guided birdwatching hike, and make lifelong memories at the bird banding station.
More information on the Christmas Bird Count project can be found at https://www.birdscanada.org/volunteer/cbc/
For more information on the event at Ruthven see the event flyer or contact the office at 905-772-0560.