To set the stage for the 120th Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the nation's longest-running community science project, Everglades National Park Biologist Raul Urgelles will share the history, stories and significant findings of the CBC from the perspective of the Long Pine Key Count, which has taken place in the heart of the Everglades since 2000. The LPK CBC has provided invaluable data over the years as it tracks the park’s avifauna in unique habitats, including the critically imperiled pine rocklands. Equally important, the count monitors the changes in the avian community within the footprint of one of the most ambitious restoration efforts the park has ever undergone: “The Hole-in-the-Donut.” Whether you're a first-time Miami CBC participant, a group leader or simply want to soak up Raul's colorful insights, join TAS and Leica Store Miami for this illuminating retrospective and CBC primer. To make your CBC experience as rewarding as possible, Leica Store Miami will provide loaner binoculars for fledgling CBC-ers, or for those in need of an upgrade. So, plan to wing by, chill with a Brooklyn Brew, brush up on CBC and bird IDs, meet and greet other counters and sign-out the world’s finest binos and scopes while they last courtesy of Leica Store Miami. More About the Guest Host: Raul Urgelles has been working as a biologist specializing in Everglades ecosystems for more than 20 years, the last twelve with the National Park Service. He has lived in the Miami area since age 1, where his interest in natural history took root during early childhood; a trip to Everglades National Park at age 10 ignited his lifelong passion for wild Florida. The avid birder often leads bird walks for Tropical Audubon Society (check our Bird Board frequently!) and takes great joy in sharing his knowledge of and love for the natural wonders of the world.