The first ever Christmas Bird Count for Kids in Sudbury is taking place this weekend.   

Families will meet this Saturday at the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, where experienced birders will take teams out into the conservation area and help them identify different birds.

"We really hope it's going to spark some interest in those families who come out to do the birding together and encourage them to go away with what they've learned and maybe continue watching and learning our local birds and their habitats and also just to enjoy the outdoors together,” said Daniela Stuewer, the environmental education program co-ordinator at the conservation.

"It's quite different from a regular bird count in that it's more fun and sort of family friendly event. But basically we still will be able to contribute bird count data to Bird Studies Canada just as a regular bird count would."

The event is free but donations are being collected for the food bank. Stuewer said families must register with the Conservation Area in advance.

Space is limited to 25 youth participants (ages 6-12 recommended). Phone (705) 674-8904 or email to reserve a spot.