Birders Invited to Christmas Bird Count

Bird watchers and bird lovers are invited to participate in the annual Kane Christmas Bird Count at Big Horn Canyon Recreation Area.
The outing will be held on Saturday, December 15th. According to officials at the Recreation Area, all birders, or even those just interested in birding, are welcome to join. Participants should plan to meet at the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center in Lovell at 7 a.m. to check in, select a route, and enjoy a hot beverage.
The Kane Count Circle is centered around the old town of Kane and extends from roughly Moncur Springs on the west side to Sand Draw near Lovell. It includes a good portion of the Yellowtail Habitat.
Christmas Bird Counts are held throughout North and South America and the Pacific Islands, and are sponsored by the National Audubon Society.
Participants should bring binoculars, bird books, spotting scope, camera, lunch, and side dish for dinner, warm clothing & footwear, hat & gloves, and plenty of water and/or warm drinks. Since pheasant season is still open, wearing hunter orange is a good idea for safety.
If you don’t have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, staff will try to pair you with a team who has one. At check-in participants will be asked for their vehicle license number and description, and a cell phone number for safety reasons.
Contact Christy Fleming at 307-548-5406 or by email at Christy_fleming@nps.gov for more information about the Kane count.
NPS photos by Virginia DuBowy