Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count

A tradition that started 120 years ago, by ornithologist Frank Chapman, the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) happens this year, around the globe, from Saturday, December 14, through Sunday, January 5, 2020. Instead of the common practice at the time, which was a contest to shoot the most birds possible, Chapman started a humane census of birds, a bird count that has now grown into one of the best known wildlife surveys in the world. Bird enthusiasts from the U.S, Canada, the Caribbean, Bermuda, West Indies, Pacific Islands and Central and South America all participate in the activity that combines citizen science with a fun and social event.

“During a CBC volunteers follow specified routes through a designated 15-mile diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear all day. It’s not just a species tally, all birds are counted all day, giving an indication of the total number of birds in the circle that day,” explains bird watcher, Shannon Kelly. This is her 23rd CBC. “If you are just a beginner, you just join a group that has an experienced birdwatcher. They’ll teach you all you need to know.”

Kelly goes on to say, “I love doing the Clewiston Christmas Bird Count, it’s so much fun! I try to bring at least one new person with me every year. We get a few new volunteer spotters, compilers, and photographers each time. It’s for any age or skill level.”

Rare birds are often spotted, populations trends, and other important statistics have been gathered during this traditional holiday birdwatching event. The Hendry-Glades Audubon Society invites anyone who is interested in participating this season, to join them in one of the several CBC’s in the area.

Everyone is invited to help Hendry-Glades Audubon volunteers with the annual Christmas Bird Counts. Volunteer spotters, compilers, or photographers. of all ages and skill levels welcome. Join the fun.

Contact Margaret England 863-517-0202 sta5birding@embarqmail.com to volunteer.

Christmas Bird Counts: Everyone is invited to help Hendry-Glades Audubon volunteers with the annual Christmas Bird Counts. Volunteer spotters, compilers, or photographers. of all ages and skill levels welcome. Join the fun. Contact Margaret England 863-517-0202 sta5birding@embarqmail.com to volunteer.

Saturday December 28 7 a.m.-3 p.m. @STA 5/6(South Florida Water Management Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6 (Clewiston, Hendry County Organized by Hendry-Glades Audubon).

Monday December 30 7 a.m.-1 p.m. @ Lake Placid Organized by: Highlands Audubon) (returning team of 3-4 members Lake Placid, Highlands County) Leave LaBelle at 6 a.m. or meet at Lake Placid Tower at 7 a.m.

(Photo by Danika J. Hopper) Herons, a favorite amongst birdwatchers, will be counted in the Christmas Bird Count, along with many other species.

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