For those who love watching nature, especially birds, consider joining one of the local Christmas Bird Counts (CBC), sponsored annually by the Audubon Society. This national event has been collecting citizen science data on songbirds for 116 years. To learn more go to www.audubon.org.
For East Tennessee the Great Smoky Mountains CBC will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17. In the aftermath of the many devastating wildfires in the Southern Appalachians, this count could be quite important. Other area CBC include: Norris on Dec. 17; Knoxville on Dec. 31; and Cades Cove on Jan. 1. To volunteer or get more information contact Warren Bielenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 865-681-7884.