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The Potomac Valley Audubon Society Christmas bird counts dates announced

November 28, 2011

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society has set Saturdays, Dec. 17 and 31 as the dates for this winter's annual Eastern Panhandle Christmas Bird Counts.

These local-area counts are part of a volunteer-based Christmas Bird Count. The purpose is to monitor the status and distribution of early-winter bird populations.

Count volunteers follow specified routes through a designated 15-mile diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear all day.

The Dec. 17 count is the Charles Town, W.Va. count.

The circle for the Dec. 31 count centers on Shanghai, W.Va.All those who participate must register beforehand with PVAS.

To register and/or to obtain more information, contact Bob Dean at 304-754-3042 or bobdean52@gmail.com.

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