Have you ever participated in a citizen science project which allows members of the general public to become part of a research team collecting important data about our natural world? Each year beginning Deccember 14, the Audubon Society hosts the annual Christmas Bird Count. The event lasts through the first week of January and is conducted in locations across North, South, and Central America. Birders of all skill levels gather to collect data and be part of this ongoing wildlife census which enables many organizations to have useful information which guide conservation decisions. You can read more from the Audubon Society about the History of the Christmas Bird Count.
The holiday season often comes with hustle and bustle that can take away much needed relaxation with family and friends. This article from Children and Nature Network recommends a great antidote to a hectic schedule -- spending time in nature! A short walk in the woods has been shown to have stress-relieving impact along with a host of other benefits.