Christmas Bird Count for Kids

01/15/2018 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Every year for over a century, tens of thousands of volunteers take part in the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, the longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations. This event often does not include young children, so we created the Christmas Bird Count for Kids especially for them!

This is Bird Conservancy’s 6th Christmas Bird Count for Kids. Since over 350 different species of birds have been spotted at Barr Lark, it provides the perfect location for a count.

Participants are broken into teams and given information on local birds, as well as a checklist to tally what species they find in the field. Teams are assigned a local birding expert to guide them on a 90-minute hike around the Barr Lake area to discover and count birds. After the count, all teams meet back at the nature center for lunch, report their findings and take part in other activities.

In 2017, participants observed 38 different species and over 7,000 individual birds!

Kids age 7 and up can participate in the count. There are special activities, including a bird discovery walk and Budding Birders Camp, for kids age 4-6. 

Participants should wear comfortable hiking shoes, dress in layers and bring a picnic lunch, binoculars and a field guide (if possible). Loaner binoculars and field guides will be available. Warm drinks, water and snacks will be provided. 

Cost is $3 per person plus a $7 per vehicle state park entrance fee (entrance fee waived with annual park pass). All children must be accompanied by an adult.


For more information, please contact Allison Fowle at 303-659-4348 ext. 18 or allison.fowle@birdconservancy.org.