This fieldfare, a member of the thrush family, was spotted during the annual Salmon Arm Bird Count on Dec. 16, 2018. This is only the second time the bird, which is native to northern Europe and Asia, has been seen in B.C. (Roger Beardmore photo)

This fieldfare, a member of the thrush family, was spotted during the annual Salmon Arm Bird Count on Dec. 16, 2018. This is only the second time the bird, which is native to northern Europe and Asia, has been seen in B.C. (Roger Beardmore photo)

Annual Christmas Bird Count is Saturday in Chilliwack

After the count is done they’ll wrap up with a potluck dinner at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve

The Christmas Bird Count will see bird watchers in action on Dec. 14 in Chilliwack, and on Dec. 18 in Harrison Hot Springs.

Chilliwack field observers will be heading out at dawn on Saturday, and wrapping up at 4:30 p.m. in the longest running wildlife monitoring program in North America.

Feeder watchers will be monitoring bird species at one time and recording the birds they see for at least two to six hours. Others will follow a route within a 24-km count circle.

When counts are complete, participants are asked to bring their results to the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve

“All are welcome to stay for a potluck dinner and and get an overview of the day with route highlights.”

Folks are invited to bring a dish of food to share, as well as plates and cutlery for the gathering after 4:30 p.m. Coffee and juice will be supplied.

Nature Chilliwack, formerly Chilliwack Field Naturalists, is affiliated with the 5,000-member BC Nature Federation, and will be compiling the results.

Event organizers with Nature Chilliwack had recommended that participants attend the Dec. 3 meeting to sign up for a route. Anyone who was unable to sign up earlier can contact Denis Knopp at bcwilddenis@uniserve.com or by calling 604-858-5141 for a route or to become a feeder watcher in their yard.

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