Birds on the brain

By Staff Report Article posted on Thu. Dec. 13th, 2012
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Three events for bird lovers take wing over the weekend.

Christmas Bird Count

The largest is the National Audubon Society's 113th Christmas Bird Count, which lasts from Friday, Dec. 14, to Saturday, Jan. 5.

Three counts are confirmed for the tri-state area, including Chattanooga's on Saturday, Dec. 15. To take part, contact compiler Kevin Calhoon at 785-4070 or

Robert Kimsey is the compiler for the Blue Ridge, Ga., count on Dec. 29. Contact him at

Linda Reynolds is coordinating the count around Guntersville, Ala. She may be reached at

Participation is free this year. More information can be found at

Winter Bird Walk

The C.E. Blevins Avian Learning Center, 5384 Blair Road, in Cohutta, Ga., will host a winter bird walk beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15.

Tours of the Whitfield County center's bird trail, across part of its four acres, leave roughly hourly, with the last tour at 3 p.m.

Admission is $10 per person, which includes touring the collection of bird egg replicas created by the late folk artist, teacher, missionary and minister C.E. Blevins.

Reservations are encouraged. To register, call 423-667-0927 or email

For more information, visit www.avianlearning

Owl Program

The Eastern screech owl presentation is at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. Wildlife curator Tish Gailmard will lead the program.

The presentation is free with paid admission -- $8 adults, $5 seniors/children ages 4-11. Registration is required. For information, call 821-1160.

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