Christmas Bird Count is December 14
Whether you’re new to birding or have lots of experience, there’s a part for you to play in this year’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the 114th nationwide winter census of North American birds.
And after the day's counting, everyone who participates can join in the traditional EAS Christmas Bird Count dinner and tally of the day’s results. (Details to come in the December Corvid Crier.)
Join a Team in the Field
To participate in a full day of CBC birding in the field, you can join one of eight EAS teams that will go out on Saturday, December 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and survey the area assigned to our chapter by National Audubon.
Team sign-ups begin Friday, November 1, at 5 p.m.
Count at Home
If you don’t have a full day for the bird count or you prefer to stay home, you can participate on December 14 by counting birds for two hours in your back yard.
Birding for Science
Whether you participate at home or on an expert-led field team, you’ll learn more about bird identification and make a useful contribution to the statistical data that supports bird conservation work nationwide.
In an example of the value of Christmas Bird Count information, National Audubon researchers recently combined more than 100 years’ CBC statistics with climate change models and discovered that up to half of North American species may be at risk of extinction in this century if present trends continue.
The result will be a climate action campaign to be launched by National Audubon early in 2014.
Photo: Black-capped Chickadee, by Mick Thompson