Annual Christmas Bird Count this weekend

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — On Saturday, people from around Sheridan will count birds in the sky, on the ground and around town. And in late December, the Story-Big Horn community will do the same. The Bighorn Audubon Society is hosting two Christmas Bird Count events this year, and welcomes anyone to participate. The Sheridan Christmas Bird Count is on Dec. 19, and the the Story-Big Horn Christmas Bird Count will be held Dec. 29. 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. Volunteers also counted wood ducks, golden eagles, one Northern flicker, one American Kestrel and many other species. 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, wherein volunteers across the nation count as many birds as they can in a single, 8-hour day. To participate in the Sheridan count this weekend, contact Julie Rieder at 702-468-0029 or email Contact Ariel Downing at 307-751-2303 or to help with the Story-Big Horn Christmas Bird Count. *Feature Photo of Canada geese /