Date(s) - 01/01/2020
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Scores of volunteers will count tens of thousands of birds at our area’s 48th annual Christmas Bird Count this January 1. The count covers a circle 15 miles in diameter, centered in Bowie, and is coordinated by the Patuxent Bird Club and the Prince George’s Audubon Society. Thousands of bird counts held across the Americas have tracked the rebound of species like the Eastern Bluebird, as well as the decline of species like the Rusty Blackbird.
Groups will meet at 7:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day at the Buddy Attick Lake parking lot, 555 Crescent Road in Greenbelt, and at the Lake Artemesia parking lot, 8200 55th Avenue in College Park. Group leaders will teach newer birders skills in finding birds with their binoculars. The groups will stay on trails and sidewalks.
Birders will also meet at Generous Joe’s Deli, 107 Centerway in Greenbelt, at 11:30 a.m. to buy lunch and plan outings for those who would like to continue the survey through the afternoon. Counting birds at home birdfeeders is also useful. Home-based volunteers can call John Stith, (301) 502-3634, to make arrangements for submitting their counts.