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Annual C&O Canal bird count scheduled for Jan. 21

By Staff | Jan 20, 2017

Interested members of the public are invited to participate in the Annual C&O Canal Midwinter Bird Survey on Saturday, Jan. 21.

The survey is designed to provide a snapshot count of birds present along a three-mile section of the canal between Antietam Creek and the Rumsey Bridge at Shepherdstown.

Anyone with an interest is welcome to join in, regardless of their experience at birding.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required.

To register, go to the Society’s website at www.potomacaudubon.org.

Participants in the count should plan to meet at the large National Park Service parking lot on Canal Road just south of the railroad bridge by 7:45 a.m. (Do not park at the first, small parking lot at the base of the hill below the Rumsey Bridge.)

At that time, they will carpool down the canal to Antietam Creek and walk back up to the Rumsey Bridge.

The count should be done by about 11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact the count leader, Bill Telfair, at 408-966-8895 or wbchtelfair@ sbcglobal.net.

The count will take place regardless of the weather conditions.

Participants should dress appropriately for those conditions, bring binoculars if they have them, and be prepared to walk the full three-mile route.