Join Dallas County Conservation Board and Raccoon River Watershed Association for a day of birding with a purpose. This year the Dallas County Christmas Bird Count will be Saturday, Dec. 15.

Now in its 119th season, thousands of volunteers participate in Christmas Bird Counts throughout America and beyond. Each year, local bird clubs take snapshots of what birds are in their areas. This information is sent to the National Audubon Society which looks at the long-term health of bird populations.

“We usually hike in the morning and drive the area in the afternoon,” said Dallas County Conservation Board Naturalist Mike Havlik. “It does not matter if you are a beginner or experienced birder, the day is filled with beauty and opportunities for learning.”

Participants are divided into groups, each with an experienced birder, in a different location in the county. Dallas County Count highlights in recent years include high counts of Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Trumpeter Swan.

Registration is required for this free program. Interested participants should call the DCCB office at 515-465-3577 for more information and to sign up.

Additional Christmas Bird Counts in the area include the Jamaica Count December 14 and the Saylorville Count December 16.

About Dallas County Conservation Board

The Dallas County Conservation Board was established in 1962 to protect, preserve, and enhance our natural resources by providing opportunities to improve the public’s quality of life through environmental education, ecosystem management, outdoor recreation, and historic preservation. For more information visit