Bird count planned at wildlife refuge

Anyone who enjoys looking at birds may participate in the Christmas Bird Count on Jan. 1 at the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, 12985 U.S. 50 East, Seymour.

The annual bird inventory of the refuge will last the entire day, but staying the whole time is not required. Participants should plan to meet at the refuge visitor center at 7:30 a.m. to form groups and be assigned areas.

The Christmas Bird Count is an opportunity for less experienced birders to learn from experts in bird identification.

Participants should bring binoculars, warm clothing and wear waterproof footwear as the trails will probably be wet. A hot lunch will be provided free of charge by Muscatatuck Wildlife Society volunteers.

Information: Muscatatuck@fws.gov; Donna, 812-522-4352.