|Blue Jay by Phyllis Burchett/ Audubon Photography Awards|
Christmas Bird Counts run December 14 to January 5 each season. Find local counts through your Audubon chapter. Participate in as many counts as you wish.
Background from Audubon:
In 1900, Dr. Frank Chapman proposed a new holiday tradition to help rather than hunt birds. A promising group of conservationists in the forming Audubon movement accepted his challenge. What began with 27 enthusiastic birders and a count of 89 species is now the longest-running citizen science project in the world. Last year marked the 115th year of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and broke records with 72,653 observers and more than 63 million birds tallied.
This year’s 116th Audubon Christmas Bird Count has begun and will once again gather essential data for shaping our understanding of birds and how we can help them. Fueling conservation work year after year, Christmas Bird Count data has been used as a basis for landmark research such as Audubon’s 2014 Birds and Climate Change Report and reports by the EPA and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service which help guide bird conservation efforts.
For information, go to Audubon Christmas Bird Count.