The Northwest Branch Public Library will help celebrate the fact that for the sixth year in a row, Corpus Christi has been named the "Birdiest City in America" by the San Diego Audubon Society.

To help spotlight that fact, 14 children who have completed a birding class at the library and their families will meet at 5 p.m. Saturday at the library at 3202 McKinzie Road.

From there, they and local birders will make their way to Tule Lake at the Port of Corpus Christi for a special bird watching field trip. Telescopes and binoculars will be available to help the kids get a close up view of the birds.

The youngsters were participants of a five-week birding class held at the Northwest Branch Library for children in grades three through five. During that time, the children learned about such things as the proper use of binoculars, identifying different birds and bird sounds, and how different types of beaks and feet help birds get food.

Each child who attended the classes received a coloring/workbook featuring the paintings from noted local artist Dinah Bowman's "Birding Site Map," which hangs at the library.

Corpus Christi received its birdiest city designation after some 241 species of birds were spotted within the city limits by bird watchers during a three-day period in April. During the past few years, birding has become a major attraction for visitors to the Coastal Bend.