Itasca State Park will hold its bird count Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., while in Bemidji the count is planned for Saturday, Dec. 18.

Both are part of the larger nationwide Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) and have been going on for 122 years. The CBC is the world’s longest-running wildlife census. Bird counts are held from Dec. 14, 2021 through Jan. 5, 2022 at sites throughout the U.S., Canada and many other countries in the Western Hemisphere.

Information gathered at specific sites over a 24-hour period is summarized by scientists to gain insight about bird populations and patterns.

Register for the Itasca bird count by calling 218-699-7251 or emailing constance.cox@state.mn.us.

To participate in the Bemidji bird count Dec. 18, contact Jaime Thibodeaux at 218-308-6853 or jaimethib@hotmail.com, or Becca Engdahl at 651-271-4038 or bemidjibecca@gmail.com.

Visit the Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society Facebook page or spearheadmhas.org for more information.