It’s that time of year again! From December 14 to January 5, the National Audubon Society is holding the Annual Christmas Bird Count. Birders from all flights of life dedicate one day to becoming citizen scientists.
The great thing about the Christmas Bird Count is that anyone can participate. Are you are an experienced ornithologist? Or have you just hatched – so to speak – into the world of bird watching? Whatever your experience, you will be welcomed by the other volunteers!
The National Audubon Society considers the Annual Christmas Bird Count a scientific study, and as with any scientific research, there are rules and guidelines that should be followed. Be sure to read the Compiler’s Manual. You can also ask your local compiler about how the count is conducted and what rules to follow.
Beginning in 1900, on Christmas Day, Frank Chapman suggested a new holiday tradition of counting birds on holidays instead of hunting them. These days, the Annual Christmas Bird Count is known as the world’s longest running citizen science survey. This unique count compiles data that is crucial to following trends in bird populations. This data also allows ornithologists to analyze current and future climate conditions and their effect on North American bird populations.
If you’re an avid bird watcher, the Christmas Bird Count is a great way to take your hobby to the next level. Follow these simple steps for a successful count:
Are you excited yet? If you’re still not quite feeling prepared for your birding adventure, these items will be make for a fun, smooth-sailing Christmas Bird Count.
Can’t participate this year, but still want to do your part? The Audubon Society will gratefully accept donations to help fund their program. Next time you visit our Facebook page, tell us how you prepare for the National Audubon Society’s Annual Christmas Bird Count!
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