The Nature Education Centre at West Fraser Timber Park is home to the Baker Creek Enhancement Society, which is hosting a Christmas Bird Count for Kids Friday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. (Observer file photo)

The Nature Education Centre at West Fraser Timber Park is home to the Baker Creek Enhancement Society, which is hosting a Christmas Bird Count for Kids Friday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. (Observer file photo)

Join the Quesnel Christmas Bird Count for Kids Jan. 3

Youngsters who want to be Citizen Scientists can meet at West Fraser Timber Park at 10 a.m.

The Baker Creek Enhancement Society is giving local children a chance to be Citizen Scientists over the Christmas break.

Birdwatching is one of the fastest growing hobbies today, according to a press release from the Baker Creek Enhancement Society (BCES).

“It is economical, can be done anywhere by anyone regardless of age or mobility, and it gets people outside connecting with nature,” states the release.

The Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4K) is a fun winter birdwatching event for kids and families. The CBC4K is a children’s version of the Christmas Bird Count that began in 1900 and is North America’s longest-running Citizen Science project. Christmas Bird Counts happen in more than 2,000 locations throughout the Western Hemisphere, and the information collected by thousands of participants forms one of the world’s largest sets of wildlife survey data, according to Birds Canada.

In Quesnel, the Christmas Bird Count for Kids will take place Friday, Jan, 3 at 10 a.m. at the West Fraser Timber Park. Kids will become Citizen Scientists, as they learn to look and listen for different bird species that stay in Quesnel over the winter.

The BCES reminds those interested in the bird count to bring their binoculars and dress warm, as everyone will be outside. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Watch Baker Creek Enhancement Society’s Facebook page for any last-minute updates. To register, email or call 250-992-5833.

READ MORE: Quesnel’s Christmas Bird Count will be Dec. 29

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