The Audubon Society’s annual Christmas bird counts are getting underway this weekend in towns across Wyoming. The bird counts are meant to keep track of population and migration trends.
Jacelyn Downey is a naturalist with Audubon Rockies and she says drought in the Southern U.S. in recent years has forced birds further north than usual.
“We’re seeing birds in Wyoming that we don’t generally see. For example, a couple of years ago there was a tropical bird that was found in the Black Hills, and everybody was very excited about it – never been seen in this area – and so, things like that are happening more often.”
Downey says anyone is welcome to participate in the bird counts. More information is available on the Audubon Rockies website.