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ANNUAL AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

HOSTED BY CALLAWAY GARDENS® AND FDR STATE PARK
by Rachel M. Crumbley
December 15, 2015

Calling all birders! Every Christmas season Callaway Gardens® participates in The National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count Program.

Volunteer birders are needed to assist with the count on Saturday, January 2, 2016. Some participants simply watch feeders from the comfort of their home, while others walk and drive through different portions of the count area to census the bird populations.

Apart from its attraction as a social, sporting, and competitive event, the Christmas Bird Count reveals key scientific information about the Winter distribution of resident and migratory birds across the Western Hemisphere.

Each count has a designated circle measuring 15 miles in diameter. All the birds seen or heard during the 24-hour (midnight to midnight) count day are tallied by birders. The center of the count circle is near the Mountain Creek® Inn at Callaway Gardens, so the census area encompasses much of Callaway Gardens, as well as FDR State Park, and a large portion of Harris County.

Preregistration for the Christmas Bird Count is required by December 22, 2015. Participants should have a good knowledge of birds, dress for the weather, in layers and wear hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes and bring a lunch and/or a snack.” To volunteer for this exciting event, email education@callawaygardens.com .

Callaway Gardens® is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus. For additional information, call 1.800.463.6990 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.

About Callaway Gardens

For almost 60 years, Callaway Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors. Owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Callaway Gardens includes a garden, resort, preserve and residential community on 2,500 acres in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Highlights include a butterfly conservatory, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails and special events throughout the year.

In addition, Callaway Gardens offers nearly 80,000 square feet of meeting space, 763 guest rooms, restaurants, shops, golf, tennis, fishing and more.

Five unique, close-knit residential communities — with custom home sites, lakefront properties and cottages on the golf course — offer an ideal home away from home or full-time residence.

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