Last chance to join the Christmas Bird Count


By Jean Zirnhelt

Special to The SUN

This Saturday, Dec. 14, members of our community will participate in Audubon’s 120th annual Christmas Bird Count.

We will join in teams to census birds in one of the eight count zones that is part of a 15-mile diameter area of Archuleta County being documented.

Please join us in this fun, important contribution to scientific data used to understand and predict trends in bird populations. It is the longest-running bird census in the world, and we need your help to make it a success.

This evening, Dec. 12, we will meet at the Methodist Church on Lewis St. at 6 p.m. for our final bird identification class. You may sign up for a count team at this meeting. All are welcome. Audubon membership is not required, just a willingness to help us spot and identify birds.

On Saturday, participants will gather in the evening for a chili dinner and to compile our findings. For more information or to be added to a team, contact Keith Bruno at or call Jean Zirnhelt at 731-2985.