Three Rivers Audubon Society will conduct a Christmas bird count on Friday, Dec. 27 from dawn to dusk. Shorter periods of time are acceptable. After the count, a tally of birds counted will be taken and sent to the National Audubon Society.

According to press release, prior to the turn of the 20th century hunters engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas “Side hunt”. Each of two sides would shoot as many birds as possible and a winning side was determined. Then there began to be concern about decreasing bird populations. In 1900 it was proposed that instead of shooting birds, they be counted . Scientists could use this information to determine how to protect declining species.

This year’s bird count is under the direction of Devin Moon, park interpreter at Logoly State Park. To volunteer contact him by text or phone at 870-489-3562 or by e-mail at Inexperienced birders will be placed with more experienced participants.