Monday, January 21, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM PST
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Fairfield Osborn Preserve, Lichau Rd, Penngrove

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Kerry Wininger
SSU Center for Environmental Inquiry

Christmas Bird Count for Kids

Join us for Osborn Preserve’s inaugural CBC4K, a junior version of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count in its 118th year. This family event focuses on the annual winter migration of birds on the western flyway. Kids ages 8-17 learn from regional experts, while contributing to the North American ornithology database maintained by Cornell Lab.

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Who We Are

  • Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society. Find out more about Center Programs and SSU’s three preserves at www.sonoma.edu/cei.

Event Description

  • We will meet in the Education Center at Fairfield Osborn Preserve. We will start with sign-up and team assignment from 9:30-10:00 am at the Education Center, followed by Binocular Bootcamp from 10:00-10:30 am, a brief orientation, then birding teams will set out on the trail with their experienced birder for the count. We’ll then eat our bag lunches, present our findings, and look at displays back at the Education Center, before a brief wrap-up and goodbye. Designed specifically for youth ages 8-17, no strollers are permitted due to unpaved trails.

  • This is a Year of Sonoma Mountain event. Find out more about Christmas Bird Count for Kids at www.sonomanature.org. This event is free of charge and no previous experience is required.

What to Bring & Expect

  • Please bring a backpack, water bottle, bag lunch, sun protection, layered clothing (recommended), hat (optional), binoculars (optional), and rain gear (if needed). If you have field bird guides please also bring them. Experienced birders for each team will be provided, as will several pairs of binoculars. There is a restroom, potable water, and microwave available on site.

  • We will be hiking an average of 1-2 miles with a 200-400 foot elevation gain that is adaptable to participants’ abilities.

Event Policies

  • All children and minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. You will be asked to sign a waiver upon your arrival. No pets or smoking permitted. The preserves are open to persons of all ages and affiliations engaged in research and education. Reservations are required.

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