The Christmas Bird Count and a New Generation of Birders

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California quail move through the hills of Griffith Park. (David McNew/Getty Images)

The National Audubon Society's Annual Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations which helps guide conservation action. Every year for over a century, tens of thousands of volunteers take part. Co-founder of Sonoma Birding, Tom Rusert, launched the Christmas Bird Count for Kids in 2008 as a way to train future generations in birding and celebrating nature. We'll hear how birds are faring in Northern California habitats post-wildfire, and learn about efforts to revive the activity of birding.


Tom Rusert, co-founder, Sonoma Valley Christmas Bird Count

Kerry Wininger, outreach coordinator, Osborn Preserve at the Center for Environmental Inquiry