November 9, 2012

The Green Minute: Audubon’s 113th Annual Christmas Bird Count

Courtesy of Pat Byington, The Green Register Editor

November is upon us. The leaves are changing colors. Families are beginning to decide how they are going to spend their Christmas holidays.

Make this Christmas season special by participating in your local Christmas Bird Count.

For more than a century (113 years to be exact), the National Audubon Society has been holding Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) across the United States. The annual Christmas Bird Count is the longest citizen science survey in the world providing invaluable data on bird population trends nationwide. Tens of thousands of people participate from mid-December to early January at more than 2000 “circles” (locations) nationwide.

Last year’s count shattered records.  A total of 2,248 counts and 63,223 people tallied over 60 million birds. Counts took place in all 50 states, all Canadian provinces, plus 99 count circles in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands. In Colombia, the Christmas Bird Count is a crucially important monitoring system of biodiversity in the country.

This year’s count will take place December 14, 2012 to January 5, 2012.

Along with providing data for science, local bird counts have become a special holiday tradition for many families and friends. It can also become a new tradition this year for your family.

For today’s Green Minute – learn about the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. It could be the best Christmas present you give your family this year. Here are the details:

Find a Bird Count in Your Community

Audubon Christmas Bird Count Slideshow

Image Credit: Photos.com

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