It is that time of the year again for the annual Christmas Bird Count. You are invited to join a group of citizen scientists this Saturday December 16th to help with this important program. If interested, the citizen scientists are planning on meeting Saturday morning at the south east end of the visitor Zoo parking lot at 8:00 a.m. and if staying all day the count should go until 3:00 p.m.
Bring a lunch and something to drink, we will break for lunch at Oxley around 12:00. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes, please bring binoculars and scopes if you have them and some water to drink while in the field. It’s going to be a mild weather count this year so please dress accordingly for the conditions.
This will be the 118th Christmas Bird Count by the National Audubon Society. The data collected by Christmas Bird Count participants over the years, has provided a wealth of information to researchers interested in the long-term study of early winter bird populations across North America and more than 200 peer-reviewed articles have resulted from analysis done with Christmas Bird Count data.