BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The new week brings great news for bird lovers, instead of love birds, for once, as CCCB’s annual Christmas bird count has officially begun.
Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count, the longest running citizen observation movement of its kind, is going to start today, December 14th, and last until January 5th.
The data collected from the event is going to be used by multiple agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior (somewhat ironically, seeing as the whole event will be taking place outside), and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service.
Last year, the event organized by the Cherokee County Conservation Board, or the CCCB, has managed to gather information on 2,106 species and 68,753,007 birds, and they top exceed that number during this year’s 116th edition.
The study is meant to gather data regarding the status of bird populations throughout North America.
If you want to be a participant, you can contact a count compiler. A link will be provided at the bottom of the article.
After talking to a count compiler, you will be assigned an area consisting of a circle 24 km in diameter. You will then have to walk through your assigned territory for a day, and make noted regarding the number and species of birds you encounter.
If you live in one of the Christmas bird count circles, you can even participate in the event from home. You can simply get a bird feeder, and watch and note down all the birds that happen to come to you.
Laura Kohn, a Naturalist for CCCB, stated that they are looking for any type of volunteers. Whether you’re an avid bird watcher or you’re just looking to spend time looking at the birds in your assigned sector, you are most definitely welcome to join the effort.
The days will begin with the registration, at 8 a.m., at the Cherokee County Conservation Board office, followed by a session of bird watching. Lunch will follow at noon and last until 1 p.m., and another session of ‘birding’ will commence and last until 4 p.m.
If you’re busy, or you get bored, you can just attend one of the sessions, as plenty more volunteers will offer to take your place.
Whether you get involved throughout the whole event is up to you, but at least a day spent in pleasant company watching and listening to birds sounds pretty relaxing. And who knows? You might even spot a rare specimen.
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