Date/TimeSaturday, December 20, 2014
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The AVYNC has been invited to join Sherman Boates from the BNS once again to count as many of the overwintering birds as we can find around the Lumsden’s Dam on Saturday. Please dress appropriately for the eagerly anticipated December winds. ;)
where: we will meet in the parking lot at Lumsden Pond Provincial Park
when: 10:30am -12pm
what to bring: some warm clothes & footwear, & perhaps a thermos of hot cocoa! I will bring the YNC binoculars.
Christmas Bird Count info from NS Bird Society:
Christmas Counts in Nova Scotia
Christmas Bird Counts are the world’s longest-running citizen science wildlife survey recruiting tens of thousands of observers in Canada, the US, Latin America, the Caribbean, and some Pacific islands.
In 1900, Frank Chapman, who was the founder of Bird-Lore, (later to become Audubon Magazine), had an idea that instead of doing a hunt to kill as many small animals, including birds as a way of monitoring and understanding, it would be better to arrange teams to count and record simply what they saw instead. This idea, with its humble beginning now involves over 60,000 people per year and is growing.
Each count area forms a circle 24km in diameter with most compilers centering them so as to cover as many habitats as possible and is always held on a single 24 hour day between from December 14 to January 5. Usually the compiler assigns areas to each party of expert and beginner birders to tally all birds seen, regardless of the species. Each count also encourages people with backyard bird feeders to keep track of the birds coming and going on that day. Whether you are in the field counting or watching from the kitchen window, your information is then gathered by the compiler and submitted to The National Audubon Society and added to the enormous database.
The information gathered is an invaluable resource that allows us to show trends of bird populations by species and with over a century of counting there are lots of trends to follow. The National Audubon Society keeps all historic data for each count area. You can access the database, and read more about The Christmas Bird Counts by visiting this link. www.christmasbirdcount.org
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