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Bighorn Audubon Society sets dates for Christmas Bird Counts

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — In December of 2014, volunteers counted 347 wild turkeys in Sheridan as a part of the annual Christmas Bird Count. This was the second only to 1,045 Canada geese counted. To participate this year, the Bighorn Audubon Society is hosting two Christmas Bird Count events and welcome anyone to participate. Volunteers also counted wood ducks, golden eagles, one Northern flicker, one American Kestrel and many other species. [image: Inline image 1] *Public domain image / Pitchengine Commuities* The Sheridan Christmas Bird Count is on Dec. 19. To participate, contact Julie Rieder at 702-468-0029 or email julie.rieder@gmail.com. The Story-Big Horn Christmas Bird Count will be held Dec. 29. Contact Ariel Downing to help with this count at 307-751-2303 or bandgeek832@gmail.com. Each year, The Bighorn Audubon Society needs volunteers to drive vehicles, record data and identify birds on specified routes, as well as people willing to keep track of the birds that come to their feeders on count day. Everyone is welcome, from beginning birders to experts. This year is the National Audubon Society’s 116th year of Christmas Bird Counts! Volunteers across the nation count as many birds as they can in a single, 8-hour day. Go to http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count for more information about the treasured national event. *Feature Photo of Canada geese h/t Geograph.org.uk