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Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 18

At Cantigny or elsewhere in DuPage County, take part in one of the great traditions in birding, the annual Christmas Bird Count! The CBC is a nationwide event, sponsored by the National Audubon Society and first conducted in 1900. It’s a true “citizen science” project — data collected helps researchers monitor bird population and distribution trends.

Cantigny Park is be one of many local count sites administered this day by the DuPage Birding Club. Participation at Cantigny is limited to 10 birders. There will be opportunities to participate at other sites around the county. Birders are always needed for the CBC and all skill levels are welcome!

The CBC is an all-day event, but you can stay as long as you like. The morning hours will focus on the park side of Cantigny, and after lunch we will bird on the golf course. For those interested, owling will begin at 5 am, weather permitting.

Those interested are welcome to attend the CBC Countdown Dinner where we recap the day and announce what species (and how many) were found by all the groups at all the local sites within the CBC circle. There are always a few surprises! Details about the dinner location and cost will be shared when available.

Again, our limit for this event is just 10 birders. To register, send an email to jreiter@cantigny.org with “Cantigny CBC” on the Subject line. Logistical details will be sent to registered birders about a week in advance.

Parking at Cantigny on Dec 18 is free for CBC birders. We will start from the Visitors Center 8 am.