Join the birders at Beaver Creek (2011)
Do you like birds? Even if you don’t know the difference between a bufflehead and a northern shoveler, come on out and join the Beaver Creek State Natural Area Bird Census Jan. 8, 8 a.m.- noon. The count continues each weekend in 2011.
If you’re a beginner, you’ll join experienced volunteers before heading out on the park’s trails. Bird counters will receive group assignments, census instructions and bird checklists at the Beaver Creek welcome center. The checklist includes 169 possibilities to count, plus spaces to list more. “Considering the diversity of the area’s habitat, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some rare species,” says OPRD interpretive coordinator Jamie Little.
Novices can help by just asking questions, Little adds. “A beginner can make sure an expert doesn’t miss a sighting by just asking something like, ‘What’s that bird with the red-tipped wings over there?’”
The census will help OPRD plan how to manage the park and explain to visitors the different bird species that use and nest at Beaver Creek.
Park Ranger Brian Fowler is the census coordinator. Call or e-mail him for more information, 541-563-6413.