Long-billed Curlew. The Mad Island Marsh Preserve protects 7,063 acres, including rare tallgrass coastal prairies.
Long-billed Curlew Long-billed Curlew. The Mad Island Marsh Preserve protects 7,063 acres, including rare tallgrass coastal prairies. © Karine Aigner

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2018 Christmas Bird Count

Clive Runnells Family Mad Island Marsh Preserve

Are you up for an adventure this winter? Celebrate the holiday season with us on December 17th at The Nature Conservancy’s Clive Runnells Family Mad Island Marsh Preserve as we take part in the National Audubon Society’s 119th Annual Christmas Bird Count!

Join staff from the Conservancy and nature-lovers from all over for an adventure in bird counting! This one-of-a-kind annual event offers participants the chance to spot a variety of bird species, meet new and interesting people and enjoy the beautiful Mad Island Marsh Preserve.

Count volunteers should plan to arrive the evening of December 16th for a pre-count dinner (we're asking for a $5 per person donation for the meal) and will have the opportunity to participate in several unique and exciting optional activities, including searching for owls and nighthawks and “railing” (searching for our six species of elusive rails) at midnight.

The December 17th count begins at 6:00 a.m. and lasts until 5 p.m. Stay afterwards for a free BBQ dinner in the nearby Wadsworth Community Center, where volunteers will tally counting sheets and say goodbye to their fellow counters and new friends.

Participants Should Bring:

• Clothing in layers (for all weather conditions) 
• Foot gear suitable for hiking
• Mud boots or rubber boots if you're interested in chasing rails
• Camera
• Binoculars 
• Spotting scopes 
• Bird books 
• Sunscreen
• Bug repellent
• Hat
• Water and snacks

For more information and to confirm attendance for the day of the count, the Sunday pre-count potluck and the post-countdown BBQ dinner, you must RSVP by December 3 to Steven Goertz at sgoertz@tnc.org.