Those interested in participating in the Audubon Society's 114th Annual Christmas Bird Count this Saturday can do so right here in Warren County.
The count, which runs Dec. 14 through Jan. 5 throughout the country, is being done in the county this Saturday.
It will be the 71st count in the county.
Participants can participate in more than one count event. The events are run through count "circles" which focus on a specific geographical area.
According to Mike Toole with the Warren County "circle", the count is, "an annual count done throughout North America by volunteers to maintain a historical database that is used to determine changes in bird populations."
Taking part is simple. Those interested can contact Toole at 723-4714 or Don Watts at 723-9125.
"Participants either walk or drive through prescribed areas and count all the birds that they identify," Toole said in an e-mail. "Large flocks are counted through multiple counts and/or estimations. Participants can also help by doing feeder counts, which entails counting the greatest number of any identified bird seen at one time."
According to Toole, the count in Warren County has gathered an average of 44 participants per year over the last ten years, with individual year participation rates ranging from 39 to 54. Toole said he expects 40 or more participants this year.
The count doesn't require a commitment to stay out for a set amount of time.
"Each person and group determines how long they want to be out for the day," Toole noted. "Some people go owling in the early morning hours. The only set times for the count day are that it runs from midnight to midnight."
Toole also gave some tips for potential participants.
"Any participants that will be in the field need to dress for the weather that day and then need to wear blaze orange, since Saturday, Dec. 14 is the last day of deer rifle season," he said.
Participants will be able to take part in a tureen dinner after the count, according to Toole, and after dinner, results are compiled and projected as they are finished.