Christmas Bird Count 2012

November 13, 2012 by  
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The 113th Christmas Bird Count is set to take place from December 14 through to January 5 all over the Americas, with tens of thousands of volunteer birding enthusiasts participating. If you have not yet taken part in this annual event, why not make it your new family tradition, as it is one that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Warblers – Specialty Workshop

July 16, 2012 by  
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The Tucson Audubon Society presents a Warbler Specialty Workshop with Homer Hansen. Learn to distinguish fall warblers, with key structural characteristics and species comparisons, along with warbler vocalizations. For more information visit the Tucson Audubon Society Website.

Dates: 23-25 August 2012
Venue: Tucson Audubon Society
City: Tucson
State: Arizona
Country: United States

Cerulean Warbler Weekend

April 17, 2012 by  
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Organized by Michigan Audubon the Cerulean Warbler Weekend is held in the state’s best area for spotting these delightful little birds, Barry County. This weekend is devoted to learning about North America’s fastest declining songbird and its conservation. Several birding tours will be held, focussing on Cerulean Warblers, Henslow’s Sparrow, Flycatchers and so forth. The Cerulean Warbler Weekend schedule also includes workshops on butterfly and dragonfly identification and opportunities to paddle on Glass Creek. Keynote speaker at the evnet is Dr. Jeff Hoover, an Avian Ecologist from the Illinois Natural HIstory Survey.

Dates: 1 to 3 June 2012
Time: 05:30 am
Location: Barry County
State: Michigan
Country: United States of America

Olympic BirdFest 2012

February 8, 2012 by  
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The Olympic BirdFest is hosted by the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and Dungeness River Audubon Center. Events during the festival will include a Totem Tour, birding at Sequim Bay, Dungeness Bay, Dungeness Spit, Salt Creek County Park, Ediz Hook and John Wayne Marina, photography workshops, a visit to the Endangered Waterfowl Breeding Sanctuary, wine tasting, a raptor presentation by the Northwest Raptor Center, the Olympic Owl Prowl, a banquet and silent auction and island cruises.

Date: 30 March to 1 April 2012
Venue: Dungeness River Audubon Center
City: Sequim
State: Washington
Country: United States of America

Christmas Bird Count – Gathering Valuable Data

December 6, 2011 by  
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In the late 1800s wildlife conservation was unheard of and the hunting of birds and other animals was generally unrestricted in the United States. In some states it was a common Christmas tradition to go hunting, with the hunter bagging the most birds and animals being declared the winner of the so-called “Side Hunt”. By the turn of the century, however, nature lovers and scientists began to express concern regarding the effects of hunting on bird populations, and it was at this time, when the Audubon Society was still in its infancy, that the society’s representative Frank M. Chapman proposed starting a new Christmas tradition in which birds would be counted, rather than hunted, and so the concept of the “Christmas Bird Count” was born – and enthusiastically supported.

The very first Christmas Bird Count was carried out by Frank Chapman and a team of 27 birders, who recorded a combined count of 90 species of birds in 25 locations. From small beginnings, the Christmas Bird Count has grown into a nationwide effort involving thousands of keen birders, each doing their bit to compile a record of the country’s feathered creatures. Starting on 14 December this year, the 112th Christmas Bird Count will continue to 5 January 2012, during which time thousands of volunteers, referred to as “citizen scientists”, will collect data to be used by the Audubon society and other conservation organizations in determining the health of bird populations – and have loads of fun in the process.

With some nature-loving families, the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) has become somewhat of a tradition, and whether citizen scientists are monitoring backyard bird feeders, or going out into the wild, every bit of information collected in this carefully coordinated effort is important. The fact that the CBC has been taking place over such a long period of time gives conservationists a clearer picture of trends in bird populations. This allows them to formulate strategies to protect birds by protecting their natural habitat. Although the focus is on the feathered inhabitants of the monitored areas, conservationists are able to detect issues such as improper use of pesticides and groundwater contamination which could be detrimental to the humans in the area as well.

Whether you are a seasoned birder, or a budding citizen scientist, the Audubon Society welcomes participation in the Christmas Bird Count. So bundle up warm, grab those binoculars, and do your bit for the future of our feathered friends.

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