Providing support for the Indiana Audubon BIrd Count

Providing support for the Indiana Audubon BIrd Count

The Indiana Audubon Society recently conducted its annual Christmas Bird Count. Every year, right before Christmas, Chuck Roth, right, owner of Chesterton Feed and Garden Center, and a few of his employees, along with thousands of birders across the country, participate in the event. Data gathered by volunteers is used to track the health of bird populations. This year the 123rd – and 50th consecutive – Bird Count in the Indiana Dunes had 36 counters log 79 species, though no new species were recorded. Roth also donates $1 per species counted and $100 for every new species. This year’s donation of $79, presented to Brad Bumgardner, left, of Indiana Audubon will go toward the inaugural Fall Waterbird Survey on the southern tip of Lake Michigan. Audubon is hoping to document the fall migration of jaegers and said the Dunes is the best place to observe it. You can donate or get more details at indianaaudubon.org/donate.

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