Dead Horse Point hosts 7th Annual Christmas Bird Count Jan. 4
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Birders participating in a holiday tradition.                Courtesy photo
Birders participating in a holiday tradition. Courtesy photo
Christmas traditions run deep within most families. From trimming a tree, to singing carols, to present giving, to stringing up lights, to holding a family dinner, to making gingerbread houses, and putting stockings over a hearth, these little gestures remind us of home filled with our loved ones. Before the 20th century, hunting birds was among these Christmas traditions. A concern among scientists and observers began to rise in the late 1800s with the decline in bird populations. On Christmas day in 1900, Frank M. Chapman proposed a different holiday tradition, counting all birds seen and heard on that festive day. Thus began National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count.

Dead Horse Point State Park is holding its 7th Annual Christmas Bird Count on Jan. 4 from 8-am until 5-pm. No need to be an avid birder to participate. This event has a long tradition of including everyone willing to brave the elements for the entire day. Most routes are filled with scenic views of the surrounding area to thrill the eyes in between bird sightings.

For those planning to attend, please contact Crystal White at to sign up. “We are still looking for a few experienced birders to serve as route leaders as well. Please bring binoculars, snacks, water, lunch and bird guide if you have one, and dress in layers. Bring your sense of adventure. Most routes will take at least 4-5 hours to complete. There may be snow as well depending on the weather. Each participant will be given a free day-use entry into the park to use another time.

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