Volunteers count birds in Bastrop County

(Frank Martinez / KXAN)

BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Sunday’s cloudy skies made it perfect not just for bird watching, but also for bird counting. This was the fourth year for the Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count. Each year, the LCRA asks for volunteers to help find out how many birds live at the McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

“Audubon bird count is the longest running citizen science project in the world,” counter Susanna Beirich said. “So anything that we can all do to help with promoting species and promoting nature.. we want to be able to be a part of it.”

“Last year we had about 130 species, and totaled almost 10,000 birds if you count,” explained Nicholas Cowey with the LCRA. “So, it’s a great chance to look for specific birds that are in the area, and about 250 birds call this area home.”

KXAN Photojournalist Frank Martinez visited Bastrop County Sunday. Watch the video to see what he found.

The Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count was one of about 50 counts taking place across Texas before January 5. If you’d like to get involved and spend a little time in nature, click here.

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