Christmas Bird Count set for Saturday

The 114th annual Christmas Bird Count is to take place Saturday in the Tiffin area, said coordinator Jim Coffman.

“We welcome as many people who want to join us for all or any part of the day,” said Coffman.

As in the past counts, some people will be calling owls early in the morning. The entire group then will meet at Cool Creations 6-7:30 a.m. for breakfast at each participant’s own expense.

The group then is to divide into teams for the rest of the day, keeping track of miles and time in the car and on foot.

In addition, Coffman said participants should be aware the count is 24 hours long, starting at midnight Friday and ending at midnight Saturday. Any birds observed can be counted on the totals for count day.

Any birds observed three days before or three days after count day can be listed in the count week totals.

Anyone who would rather count birds at a backyard feeder instead of the field can participate in the feeder count. Feeder counters should only count the highest number of a species seen at one time. For example, if six cardinals are seen at 8:05 a.m., three cardinals at 9:30 a.m. and four cardinals at 1:15 p.m., the count total for cardinals is six. They are not added together.

He said there is no longer a fee to take part in the count, but donations will be accepted to defray expenses. The main reason for the fee was to get a copy of the published results, but results are to be offered online.

To register or for more information, call and leave and message for Coffman, (419) 618-1835 or (419) 448-4753, or Tom Bartlett, (419) 447-0005.