CSU, Chico News

Gateway Science Museum to Participate in Nationwide, Annual Christmas Bird Count

Date: 12-03-2010

Joe Wills, Public Affairs Director
Kelly Servis, Public Relations Intern
Rachel Teasdale, Acting Executive Director

The Gateway Science Museum will be holding a special preparation workshop Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., to prepare people for the nationwide, annual Christmas Bird Count taking place Saturday, Dec. 18 at Chico Creek Nature Center.

Altacal Audubon President Scott Huber will lead the workshop. Participants will learn about the history and purpose of the Christmas Bird Counts, receive instruction on protocol for the official bird count and most importantly, learn identification tips for the birds most commonly seen during the census. The Christmas Bird Count has been an annual celebration of winter wildlife nationally for more than a century, and takes place between Dec. 14 – Jan. 5. The Chico Christmas Bird Count has been recording winter bird abundance for more than 50 years.

Following Huber’s discussion, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., participants will be able to complete a preliminary count on the grounds of the Museum and the CSU, Chico campus.

All workshop attendees will be invited to join in the official Chico Christmas Bird Count, Dec. 18, from 11 a.m. to noon, where they will be teamed up with an experienced bird counter. Huber and other bird counters will conduct the official CBC survey of the CSU, Chico campus, starting and ending at the Gateway Science Museum. Timing may shift slightly. Visitors wanting to participate should arrive at the museum by 10:45 a.m. New counters may also want to join the Red Bluff Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 19 or the Oroville Christmas Bird Count on Jan. 2, 2011.

Participants should wear warm clothing and be prepared for the possibility of rain. Binoculars will be available to borrow or counters may bring their own. For more information on the Christmas Bird Count, please visit www.altacal.org and for more information on the Dec. 11 information and training event, please visit www.gatewayscience.org or call 530-898-4121.

Gateway Science Museum is open Wednesday – Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the weeks of Dec. 20 and Dec 27, the museum will be open Monday through Thursday from noon – 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 26 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The museum is located at 625 Esplanade. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for museum members. Museum membership packages are available now. For more information, please visit www.gatewayscience.org or call 530-898-4121.