Join Presque Isle Audubon Society Dec. 14 for the 114th annual Christmas Bird Count at Presque Isle State Park.
Meet at the park ranger station between 7 and 7:30 a.m. It’s not necessary to preregister, just sign in on arrival.
Groups will fan out across the park, with each group covering an assigned area. Groups will return to the ranger station for a brown-bag lunch — please bring your own — and to compare notes. After lunch, groups will visit areas that were not counted in the morning.
Participants will meet at Hoss’s, 3302 W. 26th St., for the final tally.
If you are unable to make it to the park but still would like to participate in the count circle, notify PIAS president and circle count compiler Michele Rundquist-Franz with your final tallies. The region’s count circle stretches north to the waters off Gull Point, south to McKean and Waterford townships, east to Harborcreek township and west to Millcreek Township near Sterrettania Road.
Count circles also are in place in Venango County, at Pymatuning State Park and in Warren County and Jamestown, N.Y.
The Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running citizen-science survey in the world, and the data collected through the count allows researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America.