The annual Christmas Bird Count, begun in 1900, is the oldest and one of the largest citizen science projects in the Western Hemisphere. This will be our local Audubon’s 53rd year of participating in the national count, and three areas will be covered on different days during the three-week count period (see below for locations and dates).
There are two ways to participate in the CBC, either out in the field (walking and/or driving), or watching feeders at a stationary location (eg. from the comfort of your own home). If you would like to get out in the field, please contact the appropriate coordinator for that count at least a week in advance to see if there is a need for additional counters. People who have participated before will be contacted. If you would like to know if you live in one of the count circles to be a feeder watcher, go to https://arcg.is/1u5K4q0, click on the link, then zoom in to our area – or use the embedded map below. For more information about Christmas Bird Counts, go to www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to use the guidelines set by the National Audubon:
∙ Carpooling may only occur within existing family or social pod units;
∙ Social distancing and/or masking are required at all times;
∙ We must comply with all state and local health mandates.
Oneonta CBC December 18
Compiler Sandy Bright
Fort Plain CBC December 26
Compiler Bob Donnelly
Delaware County CBC January 2
Compiler Pam Peters