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For Release: Friday, December 1, 2017

DEC and Friends of Reinstein Woods to Host Christmas Bird Count for Kids

Families can begin a new holiday tradition this year by attending the Christmas Bird Count for Kids, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. Hosted by DEC in partnership with Friends of Reinstein Woods, the event begins at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in the town of Cheektowaga at 9:00 a.m. on January 6, and gives children and their adult chaperones the chance to compete to see who can find the most birds during 90-minute hikes.

This annual event occurs throughout the United States and Canada during December and January and was first held at Reinstein Woods in 2016. The bird counts provides a kid-friendly alternative to the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, a century-old citizen science program that collects information about birds. During the program, kids first participate in "Binocular Boot Camp" to learn basic bird identification and binocular skills before splitting into small teams for the hike.
After the hikes, participating children and adults return to Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center to enjoy refreshments and share their findings with the group. This free program is a great introduction to birding for children ages 8 to 16 and brings families and community members together to enjoy nature during the holiday season. This event is part of I BIRD NY, an initiative to build on increasing access to the state's vast natural resources and promote low-cost opportunities to explore the great outdoors and connect with nature.

Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center is located at 93 Honorine Drive in Depew, about three miles from the Walden Galleria mall. To register, visit http://reinsteinwoods.org/cbc4kids or call Reinstein Woods at (716) 683-5959.

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