Red Rock Canyon State Park is participating in the Audubon Society’s 118th Christmas Bird Count on Friday, December 30th! The annual count is the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world. Since the first count in 1900, the Christmas Bird Count has provided critical data on population trends.

Prior to the turn of the century, people engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas "Side Hunt": they would choose sides and go afield with their gun, and whoever brought in the biggest pile of feathered (and furred) quarry won. Around the turn of the 20th century, observers and scientists were just beginning to become concerned about declining bird populations so ornithologist Frank Chapman, an officer in the then budding Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition- a "Christmas Bird Census"- that would count birds in the holidays rather than hunt them.

Beginner to expert birders are all welcome; please pre-register by emailing Bring bird books if you have them, layered clothing, binoculars, shoes that can get muddy, water and snacks. Meet at the Visitor Center, on Abbot Rd off Hwy 14 near Cantil, on Friday, December 30th at 8 a.m. for registration and orientation; areas we will count will be determined at check-in. For more information about the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, visit


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