7th Annual Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids)

7th Annual Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids)

7th Annual Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids)

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Sunday, January 29, 2017

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Due to limited space, we request one adult per family or per birding group, so we can get as many as children to the event as possible. Parents and guardians, please register yourselves as an attendee along with you children. 

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 7th annual Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) on Sunday, January 29 at Point Reyes National Seashore's Red Barn

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. 

Only pre-registered families will meet at 10:00 am at the Red Barn where birders 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 Bear Valley Visitor 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. The event will conclude with a live bird showcase presented by The Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma County. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Event occurs rain or shine. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited, please only one adult or guardian per family or group. 

A suggested donation of $10.00 per family is welcomed. Children receive 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 Every Kid in a ParkLet’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. 

The Bovine Bakery
The Bird Rescue Center 
Toby's Feed Barn

For more information, or to sponsor this event, contact Lynn Hinck at (415) 663.1200 x 305. 



an aerial view of the Point Reyes headlands with a green-topped bluffs overlooking the ocean.