Published: Sun, December 18, 2016
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Audubon Christmas Bird Count canceled

This is designed not only to help count birds, but to bring awareness to these creatures and strive to show that we need to work to protect them.

The circle is split into several zones, which individuals or groups cover, tracking what hours they are searching and the miles they cover, in addition to the various species of birds they see walking and or driving around the areas. "But they might stay home and do a feeder-watch report this year".

For the 117th year, the National Audubon Society is organizing its annual Christmas Bird Count.

Volunteers are needed for both bird counts. This will be the St. Michaels count's 61st year. This count is considered one of the oldest wildlife counts in the world. A wildlife biologist, he said continues to come for the Fort Morgan/Weldona count because he has claimed "the nicest area in the whole count circle" and does not want to lose it to another counter. "In better years, around the mid-90s, there would be 15 to 20", Burnett said.

She said the event is also a good way to meet fellow bird enthusiasts in the community.

Between 100 and 120 species are typically observed, including several rare and endangered species.

"They would all sit on Lake Pittock", Skevington explained. It's always a treat to see a bobcat.

Such Christmas Bird Counts are annual events that have taken place across North America every year since the early 1900s, according to Bruce Bosley. Over its history, the Minnesota Christmas Bird Count has tallied more than 8.5 million birds of 201 species.

The Christmas Bird Count lacks scientific rigor, but it does provide a long-term view of population trends in North America.

The results will become part of a large national database that's part of the National Audubon Society's website.

St. Cloud/Collegeville group: December 31 bird count starts at the St. Cloud Unitarian Church at 7:30 a.m. Teams will form at the church, and the count typically continues until a 1 p.m. lunch break.

Nightingale said Victoria can take pride in the numbers of birders who answered the call to take part. Join with other birders to collect important information that is used to assess the health of the nation's bird populations.

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