Audubon Christmas Bird Count comes to Ladner
More than 12,000 volunteers across Canada will be counting birds from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5 as part of the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count.Volunteers from every Canadian province and territory, all 50 of the United States, parts of Central and South America, Bermuda, the West Indies, and Pacific Islands, will brave winter weather to participate in the world’s longest running wildlife census, begun in 1900.
Participants count and record every individual bird and bird species seen in a specified area, accumulating information about the winter distributions of various birds. The many decades of data not only help identify birds in need of conservation action, but also reveal success stories. The Christmas Bird Count helped document the comeback of the Bald Eagle and significant increases in waterfowl populations, both the result of conservation efforts.
Last year’s count shattered records in Canada with a total of 412 counts involving over 12,000 participants taking part. In all, Canadian volunteers tallied 3.9 million birds of 303 species.
Fees to participate in the count have been dropped this year to encourage greater participation. A local bird count will taking place in Ladner, as well as White Rock. To participate, visit www.birdscanada.org/volunteer/cbc to register.