Do something different this winter, in Texas… Attend Fun, Eco-Tourism and Citizen Science Take Flight at Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count, Texas, December 27 to 28, 2013.

Started by the National Audubon Society, The Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen science survey in the world. The wildlife census dates back to 1900 and is held across North America every year from December 14 to January 5. The 2013-2014 count marks the 114th year of the event, which lures thousands of birding volunteers to venture out to count birds and add another layer to more than a century’s worth of data.

Austin/Bastrop, Texas (October 7, 2013) – Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, LCRA’s McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Bastrop County Audubon Society and TPWD’s Lost Pines Master Naturalists invite birding enthusiasts to join them for the Third Annual Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count Saturday, December 28 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. A special dinner presentation and a menu of complimentary birding workshops will also be offered Friday, December 27.

Started by the National Audubon Society, The Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen science survey in the world. The wildlife census dates back to 1900 and is held across North America every year from December 14 to January 5. The 2013-2014 count marks the 114th year of the event, which lures thousands of birding volunteers to venture out to count birds and add another layer to more than a century’s worth of data.

The Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count distinguishes itself from other counts in that it offers a unique menu of workshops and programs the day before the official census. These workshops and programs, which are hosted at Hyatt Lost Pines, allow novices and longtime birders to learn and sharpen their birding skills while discovering new ways to celebrate their feathered friends. The Lost Pines count circle – which, like all other circles, spans 15 miles in diameter – is also special in that it may be the only circle with a resort in its boundaries, thereby creating an opportunity for birders to combine census participation with a Texas vacation.

This year, the lineup of Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count is especially diverse. Registration is required, but all workshops are complimentary, as is count participation.

On Saturday, December 28, participants will launch their 2013 Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count adventure from the lobby at Hyatt Lost Pines. Check-in and day-of registration opens at 6 a.m. Options for participation include all-day land, all-day river (by kayak) and morning land excursions that explore various sections of the Lost Pines circle.

Perfect for newer birders, Birding 101 takes place at 10 a.m. This abbreviated, 90-minute bird count option is great for all ages and all levels and takes place on the spacious, 405-acre grounds of Hyatt Lost Pines. Check-in and day-of registration for this portion of the count opens at 9 a.m.

In 2012, 68 bird count participants tallied 134 species of birds inside the Lost Pines circle for a total of 9,193 birds. Birders will use last year’s numbers – as well as the 112 total species spotted in 2011 – as a benchmark for 2013 and the years to come, taking note of the new and different bird species that make their way into the region as vegetation continues to fill in and evolve following the 2011 Central Texas wildfires.

The Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count is one of approximately 50 counts taking place in the Lone Star State this season. More than 630 species of birds have been seen across Texas, including the whooping crane, golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo. About 250 of those make their homes in the Lost Pines Region.

Registration:

To register for the 2013 Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count and sign up for supplementary workshops, visit http://bit.ly/16MlUpY. You can also follow the event on Facebook.

In honor of the count, Hyatt Lost Pines has created a special room rate for the nights of December 26, 27, 28 and 29. Rates start at $146 per night plus tax and resort fee. To book, call 512-308-4757 or visit www.lostpines.hyatt.com (Special Offer Code: birds).

www.visitlostpines.com/Hyatt-Lost-Pines/Activities/Christmas-bird-count.aspx

 Contact & Media Visits  

Media Contact: Amanda Fier

Email: amanda.fier@hyatt.com

Phone: 512-308-4704

Media Visits: Media welcome. Space is limited, so please inquire.

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

Lost Pines, Lost Pines, Texas, 78612

Web: www.lostpines.hyatt.com

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