Here at Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, each year from December 14 through January 5th, staff members participate in several Christmas Bird Counts throughout the state of Texas. The counts are a way to determine wintering population numbers of various species within a specific area. They are conducted nationwide and have grown to include several other countries as well. The data collected from these counts help biologists and wildlife managers determine what conservation efforts are needed to protect the habitats of wintering and residential bird species. 

This year I participated in the San Bernard CBC, Freeport CBC, and Brazoria CBC. It was during the San Bernard CBC that our education intern, Adam Trujillo, and I encountered a rather elusive species, the Sedge Wren.

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