Beginning Birder Series: Christmas Bird Count 2023

December 2023

17dec1:00 PM3:00 PMBeginning Birder Series: Christmas Bird Count 2023Climbers Run Nature Center



Join us as we explore the importance of bird surveys and how you can actively contribute to conservation efforts through community-based science!

This event will consist of two parts — an educational presentation indoors, followed by a guided birding event outdoors. Learn how to accurately track your bird watching observations utilizing field guides, online apps, and traditional survey resources. We will review a brief history of the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), best practices to employ for successful surveys, and also present a slideshow on the top 25 bird species you will likely encounter during the winter in Lancaster County. This presentation is designed to help prepare you for birding surveys, including upcoming events like the Lancaster CBC. Then we will put our skills to use out on the trail at Climbers Run Nature Preserve to make observations during the day of the Solanco 2023 CBC. Learn how to gather information, submit data accurately, and explore the ways that bird surveys are used to monitor environmental changes and make conservation decisions in our area.

About Your Presenters

Derek Stoner – Derek Stoner is a Lancaster County native, published author, wildlife photographer, and avid outdoorsman. He conducts bird surveys and provides habitat consultation for a wide range of conservation organizations and private landowners working to improve biodiversity on their lands. Derek is also a member of the Lancaster County Bird Club.

Sarah Gotwols – Sarah is also a Lancaster County native, an active volunteer with the Lancaster Conservancy and the current secretary of the Lancaster County Bird Club.

Where to Meet

The Russo Barn at Climbers Run Nature Center

What to Expect

This event is recommended for ages 13+ (anyone under the age of 18 should be accompanied by at least 1 adult). Restroom facilities will be available. The event will be held rain or shine, with cancellations for severe or inclement weather made the day prior.

What to Bring

Binoculars if available, a small notebook and pen/pencil, and a smartphone for app instruction is recommended. If you have a field guide that you prefer to use, please bring along. Dress appropriately for weather, including rain/snow apparel if needed. Waterproof boots are encouraged.


(Sunday) 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Climbers Run Nature Center

226 Frogtown Road