What is a Christmas Bird Count? The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Christmas Bird Counts provide critical data on bird population trends. Tens of thousands of participants know that it also a lot of fun. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission, often before dawn, to count every bird they can find in their territory of the count circle - owls, rails, sparrows, herons, shorebirds, warblers, hawks, eagle, blackbirds... every type of bird. Audubon and other organizations use data collected to help guide conservation action.
This year we will participate in the National Audubon Society’s124th Christmas Bird Count! We will be out hooting for owls in the pre-dawn dark and counting every bird that we can fine in the TAS sector. Participants do not have to join in all day—we welcome everyone to come and help count for whatever portion of the day that you can! If you live in our count area, you can even just report the species that you see from your home!
How can I get involved?
We need feeder-watchers and field observers. Birders of all ability levels are welcome. Field observers can join a team covering a portion of the count circle by car, foot and/or boat.