Students count birds


Students from Chester High School use binoculars to observe birds in the area around the school’s Learning Landscapes trail. Photo submitted

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Students at Chester High got one more thing to tweet about last Thursday — tweeters. The students participated in the inaugural Student Bird Count sponsored by the Plumas Audubon Society and Rob Wade.

In addition to the Chester bird count, one for Portola students is scheduled for later this spring. The count at Portola High School is set for June 6, starting at 8 a.m. and ending at noon.

Plumas County residents have participated in National Audubon's annual Christmas Bird Count held every December and Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Great Backyard Bird Count held every February.

To encourage the youth to participate in watching their local habitat, participating Chester students walked along their school's Learning Landscapes trails with binoculars and bird journals to investigate what birds are in their area and enter the data in eBird's national data base. This data is collected worldwide. Students can compare their data with other data collected at other schools over time.

Besides the involvement from Plumas Audubon board members, Ryan Burnet and his work crew from Sierra Nevada Group Point Blue Conservation Science paired off with students. Using their expertise, these master birders offered their advice and tips on how to find and identify the birds.

Prior to the walk, students saw a presentation to help answer their questions: Why go count and observe birds and their behaviors? What kinds of birds might we see? What will we be doing that day?

Plumas Audubon President Jerry Williams and education chairman Terry Williams put on the presentation.

Those interested in the upcoming student bird count in Portola or those with questions can contact Terry Williams at (801) 921-9314.

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