LINCOLN, Neb. — Bird-watchers of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count at Ponca State Park on Dec. 14.

Members of the Loess Hills Audubon Society will assist guests and birders in reporting sightings and comparing notes. The National Audubon Society compiles the results from Christmas Bird Counts across the nation into a long-term database used by conservationists and researchers.

Ponca’s bird count starts at 8 a.m. Birders can enjoy chicken noodle soup from noon to 1 p.m. and take part in additional birding from 1-5 p.m. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and bring bird books and binoculars if you have them; if not, the park has some to borrow.

For additional information on the event, call the park at 402-755-2284. A park entry permit is required for each vehicle entering the park.

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