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Three parks to host Christmas Bird Counts in December

LINCOLN, Neb. – Take part in a winter tradition and participate in the Christmas Bird Count this month at three state park areas across the state. Events will be held Dec. 14 at Ponca State Park (SP), Dec. 16 at Indian Cave SP, and Dec. 30 at Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area (SRA).

The Christmas Bird Count is a program of the National Audubon Society, with more than 100 years of citizen science involvement. This event is a one-day bird census that includes thousands of volunteers across the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations. The data collected over the past century has allowed researchers and biologists to study the long-term health and status of bird populations.

Participants should dress appropriately for weather conditions. Some information for each event:

Ponca SP – Meet at the Resource and Education Center at 7:45 a.m. A chili lunch will be served. Call the park at 402-755-2284 for more information.

Indian Cave SP – Meet at the park office at 8 a.m. Loaner binoculars and bird identification books are available. Call the park at 402-883-2575 or email ngpc.indian.cave@nebraska.gov for more information.

Lake Ogallala SRA – Details are being finalized. Contact Alison Bleich for more information at 308-284-0855 or alison.bleich@nebraska.gov.

A permit is required of each vehicle entering these park areas.

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About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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