Christmas Bird Count December 17, 2016
This year, the annual Clear Lake Christmas Bird Count, held by the Redbud Audubon Society, will be on Saturday, Dec. 17. If you are interested in participating in the count, call (707) 263-8030, leave a message with your phone number, and someone will return your call. More information can be found in the December newsletter.
The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a traditional project of Audubon 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 2016 will mark the 40th year the Count has taken place in Lake County.