It’s Christmas Bird Count Season!
Every year since 1900, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in the Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - to count birds. Many organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations and to help guide conservation action (https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count).
The count covers 24 hours, midnight to midnight, but most field counters participate from dawn to dusk. You do not have to be an expert birder to help with this vital citizen science project. If you’d like to learn about birds and meet other birders, you are encouraged to participate.
The CBC date this year or Nanaimo is: Saturday, DECEMBER 29 (organizer: Tanya Seebacher; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Anyone can join alone or as a group, and you will be assigned to a team led by an experienced birder. All you need is binoculars, love of the outdoors in any weather, and a keenness to learn.Each count includes a wrap-up at the end of the day where food can be purchased (Days Inn Nanaimo), and you hear stories and you can learn what everyone has counted.
For those wishing to participate in the Christmas Bird feeder count, we will have the check- list paper work available at the store.