Volunteers participate in the Christmas Bird Count in in Northhampton, Massachusetts. Photo by Geoff LeBaron
Why Does Your Count Matter?
As you gear up for this year’s GBBC, preliminary data coming from Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count
(CBC) suggest some shifts in where birds are spending their time, perhaps due to the season’s relatively mild temperatures. Data suggest that bird species we tend to see in concentrated areas during colder temperatures are now dispersed throughout the landscape, taking advantage of the open marshes and ponds. Consider New York’s Central Park
where warm temperatures may have played a role in a low bird count this holiday season. Participants tallied 3,286 birds – 3,000 fewer than last year. Citizen scientists like you can help us further monitor some of these trends. So, let’s make this year’s GBBC bigger and better than ever, and do our part to help the birds.