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the FIRST ANNUAL Jr. Winter Bird Count! (Volunteers to help with this event are welcome!)

Saturday January 9, 2016

A great new family event will occur, the first “Annual Winter Bird Count” workshop and bird count will be held at Angelica Nature Center (The Nature Place) in Angelica Park Just off Route 10.

Berks Nature (formerly Berks County Conservancy) and the Baird Ornithological Club are going to be introducing people to winter birding and begin a tradition. We want to increase our knowledge of the park and its feathered denizens to help planners with future habitat management in the area. BOC Members will be there to help people learn bird identification by sight and sound and conduct Berks Nature’s very first Winter Bird Count in Angelica Park!

Bring binoculars if you have them, but not a requirement. Hot chocolate will be provided as we learn about birds together! For a modest cost of $6 per family (to cover the cost of hot choclate and snacks) you can bring your family and come to share the world of winter bird with us. To register and for more information go to  send an email to info@berksnature.org, visit www.berksnature.org or call Berks Nature at 610-372-4992
Fax: 610-372-2917. 

Hawk Mountain's - 2015 Broun Birding Bowl: 24 Hour Youth Competition

Join the chase: Race for Birds!   June 26, 2015 to June 27, 2015

3:00 PM to 3:00 PM Location: Birding locations--Your Choice! But must end at the Hawk Mountain Visitor Center

Are you ready to join the chase and Race 4 Birds?
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is excited to host the inaugural Broun Birding Bowl, a Youth Birding Competition named in honor of the Sanctuary's first curator and ornithologist Maurice Broun. This event is FREE but is a fundraiser and is part of the larger Race 4 Birds youth-and-birding initiative.

The Broun Birding Bowl is designed to encourage young birders at all skill levels to spend the day finding as many species as possible while competing against others in their own age level. Teams can use as much or as little of the 24-hour period as they like, just so long as they cross the finish line and turn in their list by 3 pm at Hawk Mountain.

This is Honor Code Challenge. Please play fairly. Teams should consist of 2 to 5 members and must have 1 adult accompany. Adults may only assist, not participate. Participants do not need to be expert birders, and should focus on enjoying the time and the species found.

Teams may begin at 3 pm on Friday, June 26 to look nightime hours to search for owls in the evening. Teams can bird locations of their choice throughout the 24-period as long as they arrive at the finish line and submit their list by 3 pm.

All teams are encouraged to use the event as a fundraising opportunity to support Hawk Mountain or the conservation organization of their choice.  Information on fundraising strategies will be provided to teams upon registration.  

All participants will enjoy: chance to meet other young birders, finish line refreshments, a live raptor program, assistance and tips, and prizes awarded by age division for most birds seen and most money raised.