Young birdwatchers cast eyes to sky in Lancaster County for Christmas Bird Count

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Some local children have had their eyes to the skies in Lancaster County.

The county's Bird Club and The Lancaster County Department of Parks & Recreation co-sponsored the first Christmas Bird Count for Kids in the area on Saturday.

LCBC members led children and their families on a 90-minute walk through Lancaster County Central Park to name as many bird species as possible. Organizers say the walk teaches youngsters and their parents the adventure of bird identification in the winter time.

"What's important is getting kids out into nature, and appreciating nature," LCBC President Barbara Hunsberger said, "Too many kids today sit and watch video games and TV, they don't even know what's going on in the outdoors. "

The data collected from Saturday's event will used by scientists for research on bird populations.