On Dec. 20, I participated in the annual Grand Rapids Christmas Bird Count (CBC). It’s part of a National Audubon Society program to take a yearly census of North American birds. If you aren’t familiar with the CBC, here’s a link with more information. http://www.audubon.org/conservation/join-christmas-bird-count
A couple of days earlier, there had been a snowstorm that dropped several inches of heavy, wet snow on the area. The trees were covered with snow and it finally seemed like winter had arrived.