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Christmas Bird Count for Kids

Connolly Ranch

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Connolly Ranch 3141 Browns Valley Road NapaCA  94558
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Connolly Ranch 3141 Browns Valley Road NapaCA  94558

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Join local naturalists from Napa-Solano Audubon and Bay Area families on Sunday, December 7th, 2014 from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm for the 1st Annual Napa County Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) at Connolly Ranch. Every year for over a century, tens of thousands of Citizen Scientists take part in the National Audubon Society’s Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations. This rigorous event often does not include young children, so in an effort to train future generations of Citizen Scientists in this country-wide endeavor, Napa-Solano Audubon (NSAS) and Connolly Ranch, in collaboration with our friends at Sonoma Birding, invite families with children ages 8-16 to join us for a half day event to learn some of the important basic elements of this grand old Audubon tradition. Bird Count participants, ages 8-18, will attend a Binocular Boot Camp, teaching them how to properly use and care for their binoculars. Each child will also receive a bird booklet to help him or her get familiar with birds, and keep a record and tally of what he or she sees in the field. Participants will break into groups led by local birding experts, make a short trip to their field location, and spend 1.5 hours in the field discovering and counting birds. Groups will return to Connolly Ranch for lunch and to tally and report on their findings. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants should wear comfortable hiking shoes, dress in layers, and bring a brown bag lunch and binoculars (if possible). A limited number of loaner binoculars will be available. For more information or to register contact: Wendy Schackwitz or Jennifer Fotherby

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Connecting kids with nature through farm based environmental education programs.

At Connolly Ranch, kids and families learn about farm life, the role of farm animals, ecology and sustainability, and an appreciation for nature. We teach organic gardening, the sources and benefits of healthy foods and an understanding of how nature works to sustain us. The 12 acre ranch is located just west of downtown Napa.

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