Calling all birders! Join us for Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count. Each year thousands of people all over the country count birds in their area and then report their observations. Louisa County now has a bird count circle called “Louisa Y” with Columbus Junction as its center. The circle includes towns, woodlands, prairies, and farmland, including the Nature Conservancy Maytag Access along the Cedar River, Cone Marsh, Eden Prairie, Chinkapin Bluffs and Cairo Woods. There are 5 routes within the circle to choose from. You drive around your assigned route to areas that represent the habitat present on your route where you can safely (and legally) pull over and park, get out of your car, look and listen. All birds seen and heard on the route are tallied. The idea is to get both species diversity and abundance. The day goes fast and if you have any interest in birding, getting to focus on birds an entire day with other birders is so much fun! If you are a night owl, you can also go owling on the route in the early am or pm. It is possible to participate just a half day but each route needs to be covered for the full 8 hours from 8am – 4 pm by various volunteers. If you are interested in being a route leader or participant, please contact Laura Semken at 319-523-8381 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All experience levels welcome!