Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge is offering a Christmas Bird Count for Kids on Dec. 17 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will get outside with friends, have fun and help birds all at the same time. Activities will center on identifying and counting local wintering birds, learning about simple steps that can be taken to help birds and preparing bird treats that participants can take home. Some "birdy" door prizes will also be awarded. Kids of all ages are invited and parents are welcome to join. Participants should bring warm clothing as a portion of the program will be outside, if weather permits. Contact Jennifer Jewett at 385-4046.