Christmas Bird Count (CBC) 2017

REDBUD AUDUBON TO PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT ON DEC. 16

 

Christmas Bird Count December 16, 2017

This year, the annual Clear Lake Christmas Bird Count, held by the Redbud Audubon Society, will be on Saturday, December 16. The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a traditional project of Audubon societies around the country and takes place between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5.

If you are interested in participating in the bird count, call (707) 263-8030, leave a message with your phone number, and someone will return your call. Prior to the bird count the annual Bird Identification program will be held at the regular Redbud Audubon Society, which will be held early this year on December 14, the second Thursday of the month instead of the third.

A summary report of the Christmas Bird Count 2016 was made available in March 2017 as well as the official 2016 Bird Count statistics.

Background

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a traditional project of ACounting Birdsudubon societies around the country and takes place each year between December 14 and January 5.

On the day of the Count, birders gather to record every individual bird and species encountered. Each count group has a designated circle of 15 miles in diameter and tries to cover as much ground as possible.

The data collected by each count group are then sent to the National Audubon Headquarters in New York and is available on-line.

The Christmas Bird Count began more than a century ago when 27 conservationists in 25 localities, led by scientist and writer Frank Chapman, changed the course of ornithological history.

On Christmas Day in 1900, the small group posed an alternative to the “side hunt,” a Christmas day activity in which teams competed to see who could shoot the most birds and small mammals. Instead, Chapman proposed to identify, count, and record all the birds they saw, founding what is now considered to be the world’s most significant citizen-based conservation effort – and century-old institution.

Redbud Audubon invites all birders and nature enthusiasts to join in the upcoming Christmas Bird Count. Birders of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. This is Audubon’s longest running wintertime tradition and CBC 2017 will mark the 41st year the Count has taken place in Lake County.