- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a Christmas event to help children learn more about local birds.

The Christmas Bird Count for Kids event is set for Dec. 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Christmas Bird Count is one of the oldest wildlife surveys in the world, dating back more than 200 years. Children and families will have the chance to become citizen scientists by taking part.

Participants will begin with a binocular boot camp, after which they will divide into teams and head into the field with volunteer experts to count and record the species of birds they locate.

Teams will meet back at the visitor center after the count for snacks and hot chocolate and to tally their results.

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