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The Eagle Creek Valley Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by ABAS, takes place within a 15-mile-diameter circle covering the northwest side of Indianapolis, with the center being in Eagle Creek Park.

If you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher. In addition, if your home is within the boundaries of the count circle, you can report the birds that visit your feeder once you have arranged to do so with the count compiler.

Meet at the Ornithology Center  to pick up an information packet for your assigned area before heading out to bird. The Ornithology Center will open at 8:00 am. A pitch-in lunch for all participants will be held at the Ornithology Center at noon to tally our bird count and to reorganize groups to head back outside to cover additional areas if needed.

To participate please register prior to December 9 so birding teams can be formed and count plans made in advance. Reserve your spot by contacting Will Schaust at (317) 327-2473, or emailing him at william.schaust@indy.gov.