A black phoebe

CSUN joins a century-old participatory science project, counting birds for the holidays

The National Audubon Society’s 120th annual Christmas Bird Count comes to the CSUN campus the first time this weekend. Volunteers will gather Saturday morning to walk the campus and look for birds, contributing observations alongside Audubon Society chapters across the western hemisphere to help track the health of bird populations.

San Fernando Valley Audubon will meet at the Orange Grove duck pond to begin the survey at 9am, aiming to finish by noon. No birding experience or equipment is necessary — there will be a few pairs of loaner binoculars available — though participants should wear good walking footwear and consider bringing a water bottle.

Image: A black phoebe, one of the common songbirds on the CSUN campus (Flickr: Maggie Smith)