The Indiana Audubon
Society is inviting nature enthusiasts to participate in the National
Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the longest-running citizen
From Dec. 14
through Jan. 5, birders across the country will join in this 118-year-old
tradition, many rising before dawn to participate.
This year, the
Audubon Christmas Bird Count will mobilize over 72,000 volunteer bird
counters in more than 2,500 locations across the Western Hemisphere.
Indiana, for its part, hosts over 50 individual count locations each year.
Christmas Bird Count utilizes the power of volunteers to track the health of
bird populations at a scale which scientists could never accomplish alone.
The tradition of counting birds combined with modern technology and mapping
is enabling researchers to make discoveries that were not possible in
Birders of all ages
are welcome to contribute to this fun citizen-science project, which
provides ornithologists with a crucial snapshot of our native bird
populations during the winter months. Each individual count is performed in
a count circle with a diameter of 15 miles. In most count circles, some
people also watch feeders instead of following routes.
To sign up or for
more information about a count in the Indiana area, visit indianaaudubon.org/bird-counts
There is no fee to
participate and the quarterly report, American Birds, is available
online. Counts are open to birders of all skill levels, and often sponsored
by individual Audubon chapters.
To learn more about
the Indiana Audubon Society and to search for programs near you, visit them
on the web at www.indianaaudubon.org