5th Annual Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids)
Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) in collaboration with the National Park Service and Sonoma Birding invite families with children ages 3-18 to the 5th annual Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) on Saturday January 10 at Point Reyes National Seashore's Clem Miller Environmental Education Center.
THE EVENT IS COMPLETELY FULL. Please join us next year or for one or more of our events or field classes throughout the year.
Gather your fledglings for this half-day event celebrating nature, parks, education and outdoor family fun. The event brings together all the basic elements of birding to introduce the next generation of stewards to the importance of birds in the ecosystem and the annual tradition of bird counts. The park is an ideal location for birding with 490 bird species or 54% of all North American birds recorded here, which also makes it a perfect outdoor classroom for you and your brood to learn more about the fascinating world of birds.
Naturalists will lead groups in the field to identify and count birds. Youth ages 3-6 are invited to join our Budding Birders* group with a range of activities and a bird discovery walk around the education center. Young Birders, ages 7-18, will participate in the official count and venture out to various locations within the park to identify and count birds. All teams will record and share their findings in a short report during the Tabulation Celebration followed by a special presentation by The Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma. All children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. Event occurs rain or shine.
REGISTER - at least one parent or guardian per group of children. Please register all attending parent(s)/guardian(s) and youth as attendees or one ticket per person. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. A suggested donation of $10.00 per family is welcomed.
Children recieve a bird booklet with bird info and tally sheet and wood cookie necklace.
*Budding Birders ages 3-6 can register and participate with an older sibling age 7-18 in any group, but please note these hikes are longer and more remote.
The CBC4Kids was spearheaded in 2007 by Tom Rusert and Darren Peterie of Sonoma Birding, who have expanded this program into North America, including Canada. Visit their website to learn more about how to start a CBC4kids in your neighborhood. The CBC4Kids was first introduced to the National Park Service in 2011 at Point Reyes National Seashore. The event is in support of local and national initiatives including America’s Great Outdoors, Let’s Move Outside, and Healthy Parks, and Healthy People:Bay Area.
What to Bring & Wear
Participants should dress in layers, wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring rain gear. Sunscreen is also encouraged. Light refreshments including coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fruit and cookies will be provided thanks to our sponsors and families should bring a picnic lunch. Optional items include: extra dry clothes, socks and shoes, cameras, binoculars and bird guides. Limited loaner binoculars and guides will be available.
This is a zero-waste event.
To sponsor the event, or for more information contact Jess Taylor at (415) 663.1200 x 304.
2014 Results & Photos: We had over 100 participants count 68 bird species, and over 765 individual birds! Eight of these species were new to our CBC4Kids bird checklist. Click here, to see full list of birds by species and year, or visit our Facebook page for event photos from the past four years. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
You can support this event bv becoming a member of our organization, which allows us to provide a number of stewardship events, plus important environmental education and park restoration and preservation projects at Point Reyes National Seashore. Learn more
Already member? Consider renewing your membership, offering an additional year-end donation or consider purchasing a gift membership for someone special in your life and we will send them a nice card with an image of the park.