The National Bird Count events at Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge are now in progress. The public is invited to participate in the count that will occur across the U. S. from December 14 through the first week of January. The Quivira bird count in Stafford County will start at 7:30 A.M. on December 14, and continue into the afternoon. The Cheyenne Bottoms count will take place December 19 from 8 A.M. until 4 P.M. Participants will gather at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at 592 NE K-96 in Barton County to organize groups. All ages and abilities are welcome to attend and there is no charge. Preregistration is required. Call the KWEC, 877-243-9268, for more information.