Christmas Bird Count Starts December 14, 2013

Want to help researchers and scientists? Want to be part of an activity that involves wild birds? Join the Audubon's 114th Annual Christmas Bird Count!

Cardinal by Jerry Action/Courtesy National Audubon Society
You might see many birds while participating in the Christmas Bird Count, such as the Northern Cardinal.

Audubon? 114th Christmas Bird Count (CBC) starts this Saturday, December 14, and runs to January 5, 2014. More than 70,000 volunteers are set to participate in more than 2,300 locations in the Western Hemisphere. The count was started in the 1900s, when Dr. Frank Chapman, founder of Bird Lore, created the bird count as an alternative to bird hunting. The information gathered helps provide data on the wild bird populations to scientists and researchers.  Last year, more than 60 million birds of 2,296 species were tallied.

To be part of the Christmas Bird Count, you must arrange to participate with a local circle at the Audubon website. If your home is within a circle, you can arrange to count the birds at your birdfeeder with the circle compiler. Participating in the Christmas Bird Count is free, though Audubon does ask for a donation to help run the count.

Find out more information about the Christmas Bird Count at the Audubon website here.

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