By Tim Kowols
Just as kids try for a glimpse of a sleigh and eight tiny reindeer this time of year, some residents use Christmas as a time to look to the sky to look for birds. The National Audubon Society has used its Christmas Bird Count to keep track of species for over 100 years, an activity the Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor has participated in over the last 60-plus years. Land Manager Matt Peter says this is the time of year many birders look for the snowy white owl on their southern migratory path.
While The Ridges will host birders for the Christmas Bird Count December 16, you can also keep track from the comfort of your own home and register your findings at the sanctuary’s Cook-Albert Fuller Center through the end of the month.