As some us are taking those first trips to the mall for gift buying, or digging out the Christmas tree lights from the attic, others are checking binoculars, spotting scopes and other birding …
As some us are taking those first trips to the mall for gift buying, or digging out the Christmas tree lights from the attic, others are checking binoculars, spotting scopes and other birding equipment in preparation for the 117th Audubon Christmas Bird Count.
The Christmas Bird Count, or CBC, is done every year around Christmas. The dates this year are from December 14 to January 5. Local counts are organized by organizations or bird clubs and take place within pre-established 15-mile circles. If you feel you may be interested in participating in the CBC, visit www.audubon.org/join-christmas-bird-count.
You don’t necessarily have to be an expert birder to participate; many groups split into teams that are led by experienced birders. There is still a week or more before counts will take place, but is best to contact organizers sooner than later, so they have a headcount in order to plan on areas that can be covered with the counters they will have on hand.
Don’t feel like traveling too far or don’t want to get involved for a whole day? A good alternative is the Audubon Great Backyard Bird Count. As the name implies, you can watch your backyard or birdfeeder for as few as 15 minutes, if you wish, from the comfort of your living room. This count goes on for four days starting February 17. More information for this count can be found at www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count.