Yesterday, I spent the day volunteering for the Christmas Bird Count at Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge. The annual bird count is an all-volunteer effort that takes a snapshot of populations to monitor status and distribution across the Western Hemisphere.
The Attwater Prairie Chicken is an endangered subspecies at this refuge, which as luck would have it, is just an hour away from my home. I'd never seen one before yesterday. And, we saw SIX of them thanks to a bit of luck and and a Fish & Wildlife intern named Justin. Thanks Justin!