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113th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count Begins Tomorrow!

113th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count Begins Tomorrow!

Friday, December 14th, 2012 is a Very Special Day.  Rising before the crack of dawn, folks throughout North and South America, and in the Carribean, will be packing their lunches, binoculars, field guides and cameras and heading out to local woods and parks to count birds.
113th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen science survey in the entire world!
Great Blue Heron - Christmas Bird Count
With encroaching civilization, habitat loss is at an all-time high.

When I was young, the birds singing outside in the trees were so loud, I would often wake at the crack of dawn.

Now, even in northern Ontario at the cottage, in the middle of the forest, mornings are often silent.

                                     Where have the birds gone?

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count monitors bird numbers and type across the Americas, giving much needed data which scientists use to study bird population trends.

Last year a record was set with 2,248 Christmas Bird Count Circles (areas across North and South America where the bird count is done).

To participate in the Christmas Bird Count, join a circle in your area. Check here to find circles in your area and to find out which day the count is taking place.

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count takes place from December 14th, 2012 to January 5th, 2013.
                      
                                      There is no cost to join.

If you are unable to take part, please consider making a donation to the Audubon Society to help in this annual study.

This Christmas season, please consider our feathered friends and take part in the 113th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count!


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Comment balloon 16 commentsJo-Anne Smith • December 13 2012 07:14PM

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Wow Bird counting is a separate pastime? I had no idea. :)

 

 

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 4 years ago

Thanks for the education on the 113th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count.  I have learned something new.

Posted by John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com) over 4 years ago

Laura,

It only happens one day of the year (each circle or area across the Americas counts the birds in their circle for one day during the Christmas season)....all in the name of conservation and learning about trends.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith (Your Choice Realty Corporation, Brokerage) over 4 years ago

John,

It's not greatly advertised so it may be that most people don't know about it.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith (Your Choice Realty Corporation, Brokerage) over 4 years ago

JoAnne, I remember when they did that here a few years ago. Just stopped by to wish you a Merry Christmas, even if I'm a bit late!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 4 years ago

This is very interesting. I had never heard of this before.

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 4 years ago

Hello Jo, really like the top photo...I think I've only seen Osprey's twice in the wild...very cool bird to watch.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL) over 4 years ago

Jo-Anne   Arthur and I just stopped by to wish you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2013

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 4 years ago

Hi Jo,

I didn't know about the annual bird count, but it does make sense.  In Lancaster County, PA I have not noticed any apparent decline in the number of birds.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 4 years ago

Connie,

I hope you had a nice Christmas too! Where did the time go? :)

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith (Your Choice Realty Corporation, Brokerage) over 4 years ago

Brian,

It's been active for many years. Sadly not enough people have heard about it and therefore there are not yet enough volunteers.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith (Your Choice Realty Corporation, Brokerage) over 4 years ago

Hi Nick,

There are quite a few nests in Ontario and also in Florida. This photo was taken in Florida.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith (Your Choice Realty Corporation, Brokerage) over 4 years ago

Karen,

Wishing the same for you!!

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith (Your Choice Realty Corporation, Brokerage) over 4 years ago

Brian,

I'm very happy to hear that the number of birds do not seem to be declining in your area!
Thanks for stopping by.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith (Your Choice Realty Corporation, Brokerage) over 4 years ago
Jo-Ann, I just saw a post today with a photo of a Bald Eagle here in Huntsville...that was a surprise for me.
Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL) over 4 years ago

Joan so how did the bird count go?  I do enjoy seeing birds around.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 4 years ago

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