The Five Valleys Audubon Society will hold the Missoula Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Saturday, Dec. 16. The Missoula CBC is part of the Audubon's 118th annual Christmas Bird Count, which is being conducted across the United States between Thursday, Dec. 14, and Friday, Jan. 5.

The CBC is the nation's longest-running citizen science bird project and the data collected helps Audubon science throughout the year. During the CBC thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada and many countries in the western hemisphere will trek into the field to count as many bird species in a 24-hour period. Last year, the Missoula CBC had 79 participants that helped identify 83 different bird species.

The Missoula count is a circle area with a 7.5-mile radius which is centered at the intersection of Reserve Street and Interstate 90. It can be viewed at

The area within the circle will be covered by small groups and individuals. These areas will be assigned ahead of the count day. People can participate by joining a group in the field or by being a feeder watcher.

If you would like to take part in the field count, contact Larry Weeks at 406-549-5632, 406-540-3064 or moc.liamg@aenegswb.

Alternatively, if you are interested in being a feeder watcher, contact Rose Leach at 406-370-1999 or ten.nanserb@2-hcaelr.