Winter Bird Count 4 Kids is open to youngsters ages 8-16. (Betsy-Mooney)

Santa Barbara Audubon Society (SBAS) will hold its 6th annual Winter Bird Count 4 Kids, 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 25 at Lake Los Carneros Park, 304 N. Los Carneros Road, Goleta. The event will be held rain or shine.

Through the support of the city of Goleta, SBAS is able to offer this free introduction to the fun of birdwatching for young people, ages 8-16. All budding birdwatchers must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Sign-in table will be in the vicinity of the Stow House parking lot. The first 75 kids to sign in that day will receive a free t-shirt.

After sign-in and orientation at Binocular Boot Camp, participants will be guided around the lake by an experienced naturalist, recording the bird species they observe on their souvenir bird checklists.

Everyone attending is encouraged to bring binoculars; however, thanks to the UCSB Associated Students Coastal Fund, SBAS is able to loan some binoculars for free to the young birders. Free snacks provided by Trader Joe’s, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Smart & Final.

For more information, visit Santa Barbara Audubon Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

— Alexandra Loos for Santa Barbara Audubon Society.