Sonoma Birding’s - Christmas Bird Count for Kids - History
"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he need the companionship of at least one adult who can share it,
rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." Rachel Carson
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This Christmas and New Years holiday CBC 4 Kids was established in 2007 in Sonoma Valley, Ca. by Tom Rusert and Darren Peterie, Co-compilers of the “traditional” Audubon CBC and founders of Sonoma Birding. Fourteen kids were turned away from the traditional Audubon CBC along with their discouraged parents. A promise was made to the parents that next year...over Christmas & New Years an annual, sustainable community birding event...focused on kids 8-16 year old would be created. Now it is budding up across U.S, Canada and beyond. National articles were written that year in Wild Bird Magazine, American Bird and the Wilderness Society.
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Nationa Audubon Magazine On-Line CBC 4 Kids
The Washington Post - CBC 4 Kids
BAY NATURE Article - CBC 4 Kids
National Audubon’s First CBC 4 Kids
Every year for over a century, “Christmas Bird Counts” (CBC's) have been organized across America through Audubon, mainly for adults, during mid-December and early January. Young kids with their families are often not included with this important 24 hour rigorous “citizen science” effort...so we created the CBC 4 Kids...and families... a stand alone half day event instilling some of the important basic ingredients of this grand old Audubon tradition. The objective is to have fun and potentially create a “hometown team” of birders and conservationists for the future while encouraging families to enjoy and respect nature together. Start simple...It only takes 2-3 teams to get started! Target a date over Christmas and New Years between the 2nd weekend in December and the 3rd weekend in January while the winter birds are settled. It is a wonderfully simple, healthy, holiday celebration for almost any school, youth group, Audubon Chapter or nature center, wildlife refuge or local community...Anywhere!