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The Audubon Society's 118th Annual Christmas Bird Count will host a local count Dec. 18 beginning at 6:30 a.m. Join other counters at Henry's Cafe, located at 550 Tehachapi Blvd.

Courtesy of Mary Dufrain

Audubon’s 118th Annual Christmas Bird Count will be conducted this coming season, around the world, Dec. 14 through Jan. 5.

Tehachapi’s count is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 18 starting at 6:30 a.m. All interested participants are asked to meet at Henry’s Café, 550 Tucker Road. Compiler Larry Parmeter will determine, by the number of attendees, the designated 15-mile diameter circle where participants will count all bird activity seen and heard that day, and not just a species tally.

Participants who live within the boundaries of the counting circle can count from their home and report the birds that visit their feeder on count day; however, to do so, prior arrangements must be made with the count compiler. The compiler will collect the numbers after the day of birding.

The Christmas Bird Count is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with more than 100 years of citizen involvement.

All levels of birders are encouraged to participate, including identifiers, spotters and counters. Those who are available for only part of the day should tell the compiler to prevent duplicate counts.

For more information, call Larry Parmeter, compiler at 559-288-3456, or Mary Dufrain, local Audubon representative, at 972-4355.