Birders across Oklahoma and the United States on Saturday will begin the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Counts.
From Dec. 14 to Jan. 5 each year, thousands of volunteers participate in the Christmas Bird Counts to identify birds and gauge population trends.
“For a bunch of people, this is their big event of the year in terms of birding,” said Mark Howery, a member of the Cleveland County Audubon Society who organizes Norman’s Christmas Bird Count.
Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa have the oldest Christmas Bird Counts in Oklahoma, each starting more than 80 years ago.
This will be the 114th year for Christmas Bird Counts across the country.
To see a list of Christmas bird counts scheduled across Oklahoma and contact information, visit the website George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center in Bartlesville, www.suttoncenter.org. Another good website for birding activities in Oklahoma is www.okbirds.org