It? time for the Christmas Bird Count! This event, put on every year by Audubon, runs from December 14, 2015, to January 5, 2016. Every year, more than 70,000 volunteers in 2,400 areas participate in the count. In 2012, 60 million birds of 2,296 species were tallied.
So what is the Christmas Bird Count? Well, according to Audubon:
“The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the US, Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24 hour period on one calendar day to count birds.?lt;/span>
But before you pull out your binoculars, you have to find your local count to see if you can sign up with them. Your count will happen on a specific day within a certain mile radius. You?l be joining bird watchers of every level, but there will be at least one experienced bird watcher in the group. You?l count every bird you see and hear.
Or not! If your home falls within a count radius, you can just count the birds that visit your feeder! It all depends on what the leader of your particular count says.
For more information, visit the Audubon? Christmas Bird Count page.
Will you be counting this year? Let us know in the comments.