This holiday season take part in the annual winter bird count at Itasca State Park. This program is part of the larger nation-wide Audubon Christmas Bird Count, an activity that has occurred for 123 years! Explore Itasca’s count area in search of our winter bird residents Tuesday, December 20. Stay a few hours or spend the whole day. Information collected is used to track migration patterns and changes in winter bird species abundance throughout North America. To learn more about this nation-wide bird survey go to: http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count. Please register for this program. Participants can meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center lobby between 7:30 and 8 a.m. for assignment of count areas or contact park naturalist Connie Cox to get an assigned area. Bird count will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Come enjoy a great day counting birds and being a part of a national bird survey! NOTES: Entire survey is outdoors. Dress warmly for outdoor winter conditions. Bring your lunch if staying for the entire day. For registration, questions and further details, call 218-699-7259 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.