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Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14

Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14

Every year tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations.  Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn.  For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.

Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves  the snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation.  Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.

From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Co

The Birds

The Birds

A while back I wrote an article about some birds my friend told me about that gather in the downtown area coming from the east and west in Grand Rapids.

Last evening while traveling on the expressway from the west side about 5:45-6:00pm, my friend Pat and I witnessed all these birds. It was amazing; there were thousands of them in the air.

I am following up with this in hopes that someone out there can give me some insight as to why this happens, what kind of birds are they and where are all these birds coming from? I know birds gather in flocks like this in the fall but to see this in the winter is something else.

Do you have some information for me on this?

Gardening camp underway at Grand Rapids Community College

Gardening camp underway at Grand Rapids Community College

(WZZM)- We may be in the dead of winter but that is not stopping some greenthumbs from looking ahead to spring.

Grand Rapids Community College continued its gardening camp Wednesday.  The free classes cover how to prepare your garden for the new season.  Local experts lead the sessions which take place from noon until 1 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month.

GRCC Trainer Sara Yob says, "We wanted enough time to really cover several topics and have people ready.  The typical plant time, planting time for most of the stuff we do in vegetable gardens is in the end of May.  So we want to have all this knowledge in you and you're ready to go then."

Root Camp runs through May 18th.

For tips from our own Greenthumb Rick Vyust click here.

Do we have "The Birds" in Grand Rapids, MI?

Do we have "The Birds" in Grand Rapids, MI?

Today I received an e-mail from my friend, Carol Dehen, who sent me the photos I have posted above and below showing thousands of birds in the downtown area of Grand Rapids. Carol travels over I-96 and the Grand River at precisely 5:20pm during the week and said there have been thousands of birds in the air at that time. This has been happening for the past four weeks.

If you travel through this area earlier or later, there are no birds to be seen. If anyone knows why this is happening, I along with Carol would be interested in finding out. Please feel free to comment below.