Wildlife Refuge to host free event for kids Jan. 24

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During the 2014 Winter Bird Count for Kids at RRNWR, youngsters and the adults accompanying them, look for birds on Lake Caroline at the refuge. (Photo by Larry Raymond)

Kids and Families Can Learn to Use Binoculars, Go Outside, Identify Birds, Collect Data and Serve as Citizen Scientists

BOSSIER CITY, LA- Youngsters age 8 and older can learn to use binoculars and then go outside to identify birds during the annual Winter Bird Count for Kids Saturday, Jan. 24 at Red River National Wildlife Refuge’s Headquarters Unit in Bossier City.

(Photo by Bill Wood)
(Photo by Bill Wood)

Beyond just watching birds, participants will serve as Citizen Scientists by collecting data that will be used to analyze local and regional bird populations.

The free public event will begin at 8 a.m. and end around 1 p.m. and will include lunch and door prizes. All children must be accompanied by an adult. After a short bird count introduction, participants will break into teams and be assigned a specific area of the Refuge to walk and count birds. Each
team will be led by at least one experienced birder.

“Birding or bird watching is a great way to experience nature and spend time outdoors,” notes Refuge Ranger Terri Jacobson. “Identifying and counting wild birds can grow into a life-long hobby and can be a fun activity for the entire family.”

The Refuge will loan binoculars and bird identification field guides to participants, who are asked to bring a water bottle and to dress for being outside. All youth participants will earn a Winter Bird Count certificate. The event is sponsored by the Red River NWR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service. Lunch and door prizes are provided courtesy of the Friends of Red
River NWR.

Located off the Teague Parkway Extension, the Visitor Center at the Headquarters Unit is located at 150 Eagle Bend Point, Bossier City, less than a mile south of the Jimmie Davis Bridge.