115th Audubon Christmas Bird Count scheduled for next four weekends in South Sound

The Tahoma Audubon Society is preparing to take part in the 115th Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 20.

Other South Sound Christmas Bird Counts are planned for Sunday, Dec. 14, in Olympia by the Black Hills Audubon Society; Dec. 28 in the Kent and Auburn area by the Rainier Audubon Society; and Jan. 4 in Gig Harbor and Vashon island by the Vashon-Maury Island Audubon Society.

The club is seeking participants – those who’ve counted in the past and first-timers – to take part in the Pierce County count. There is no charge to participate.

The Tahoma Audubon Society has designated eight areas for counting and has assigned a coordinator for each area. For information on contacting the coordinators visit tahomaaudubon.org/CBC.

“This all day event brings together experienced birders and beginners to spend the day in specific areas to count birds and species,” read a statement issued by the Tahoma Audubon Society. More than 70,000 volunteers are expected to participate at 2,400 locations across the Western Hemisphere. “The CBC (Christmas Bird Count) isn’t just about counting birds, it’s about checking the pulse of the ecosystem we share and delivering practical conservation results based on what we find.”