Join in the Annual Christmas Bird Count at Hagerman NWR!
This popular yearly event is organized by Austin College Ornithologist Dr. Wayne Meyer for the Hagerman Circle as part of the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Here is the history behind the modern Christmas Bird Count, according to Audubon:
The Hagerman Circle count will be held on December 19 from 7 am to 5 pm. Meet at the Visitor Center at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge and each person will be assigned to a team and work for half or all day. Experience is not required! What we need most are eyes to help find the birds for this important data gathering effort. Snacks will be provided by Friends of Hagerman NWR at the close of the count, at the Count Social, 4 - 6 pm.
In addition Dr. Meyer will be tallying the owl count at 4:00 am for you extra early risers.
There is also another way people can contribute. Any bird feeders within the count circle can be included in the day’s tally. If you prefer, you can be a feeder watcher if you live in one of these communities within the Hagerman NWR circle: Pottsboro, Sherwood Shores, Cedar Mills, Mill Creek, Locust, Fink, Tanglewood, Georgetown, Preston, and Gordonville. Please leave your email when registering so detailed instructions can be sent to you.
You can register for the Christmas Bird Count by calling the Refuge, 903 786 2826.
The 116th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count joins thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas from December 14 through January 5. This is the longest-running citizen science census in the world, and is used to assess the health of bird populations. According to Audubon,
There are over 2,300 “circles” including the Hagerman Circle that provide this important information to Audubon. For more information go to: birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count.