The Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the world's largest all-volunteer bird survey, needs local volunteers in several locations as part of a project throughout North America to assess...

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The Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the world’s largest all-volunteer bird survey, needs local volunteers in several locations as part of a project throughout North America to assess bird distribution and populations.

You don’t need to be an expert birder to participate, since the work is done by teams, with novice birders matched with experienced counters. The counting is done on various days throughout the Christmas season.

East Lake Washington Audubon Society’s bird count is Saturday. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. in Redmond at Marymoor Park’s west parking lot to arrange car pools to survey locations in the Sammamish Valley and plateau, Snoqualmie Valley and Issaquah. After the bird count, join other counters for a meal at Northlake Unitarian Church in Kirkland at 6 p.m.; call 425-576-8805 or contact local officials through www.elwas.org for a reservation (today’s the deadline).

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Pilchuck Audubon is looking for birders of all skill levels to help count birds in Snohomish County on Saturday. For more information, call 360-734-2561 or see www.pilchuckaudubon.org.

Seattle Audubon’s bird count is Dec. 26, but volunteers are required to sign up by tomorrow. Birds will be counted by teams. A potluck will follow to share information. Call 206-523-8243, Ext. 8, or sign up at www.seattleaudubon.org/Science/BirdCount.asp. A $5 donation is requested to help process data at the national level.

The Washington Ornithological Society lists bird-counting events throughout the state at www.wos.org/WACBCs.htm, or see www.audubon.org/bird/cbc for information from National Audubon.

For another option to support Seattle Audubon, you can find gifts for birders and nature lovers at the group’s Nature Shop, 8050 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle. It’s open extended holiday hours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Dec. 23 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 24. For more information, call 206-523-4483.


— Madeline McKenzie, Seattle Times staff