On January 2nd, the Marsh hosted their annual CBC4Kids, and what a wonderful morning it turned out to be. Thirty students ranging from grades 4 to 8 attended the event, many accompanied by their parents. The students took a guided bird walk on a freshly groomed trail through a portion of the marsh, during the walk they used their binoculars to search out and view different bird species all the while they tracked their sightings on dry erase reference sheets that were complete with photos to help the students identify the birds. Part way through their bird walk they warmed up at a fire with some hot chocolate and a snack. After their bird walk they got to view some birds up close and personal by taking part in some bird banding. We had a very successful day at the nets and every student got the chance to hold a bird. They also got to make pine cone bird feeders. Most of the students chose to hang their feeders up at the Marsh for the birds.
Our total Christmas Bird Count was 200 birds of that we viewed the following eight species: Black-Capped Chickadees, Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Grosbeaks, Common Redpolls, a Hoary Redpoll, Hairy Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, and a very special visit from an American Tree Sparrow. The event was a great success and we couldn’t have done it without all for the fantastic participants and volunteers that helped to make the day as great as it was. Thanks you for a great CBC4Kids 2016!