3rd Annual CBC4Kids Was For the Birds!
Kids were getting in on the Christmas Bird Count when Duval Audubon held its 3rd Annual CBC4Kids (Christmas Bird Count For Kids). Participants began by learning birding basics in a Binocular Boot Camp. Then they moved on to hit the trails with experienced birders to count as many birds they could in one hour.
Despite a cold and windy day, 36 children along with about 40 adults spotted over 200 birds and 26 different species. Highlights included a pair of Bald Eagles, a Barred Owl, a Red Shouldered Hawk, Pileated Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Pied-billed Grebes, Yellow-throated Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Northern Flickers. After tallying their findings, the children were treated to a program by the Jacksonville Zoo’s WILD Ambassadors. The Ambassadors introduced the children to a box turtle, armadillo, amazon parrot and a boa constrictor. Wild Birds Unlimited of Julington Creek and Publix provided the kids with refreshments and supplies.
The annual event is held each year at Camp Chowenwaw and is geared toward 8–16 year olds; although younger children still enjoy the day.
CBC4Kids is modeled after the centuries old Audubon Christmas Bird Count and celebrates nature, parks, education and outdoor family fun. A huge thanks to all of our volunteers and sponsors, Camp Chowenwaw, the WILD Ambassadors, Wild Bird Unlimited of Julington Creek and Publix. You helped make this year a wonderful success!