Bird Enthusiasts Participate In Annual Christmas Bird Count in big number

Bird Enthusiasts Participate In Annual Christmas Bird Count in big number

The National Audubon Society's 116th annual Christmas Bird Count, which started last week, has been attracting several birders from over the region. This bird count takes place every year and runs from mid-December until early January.

Several enthusiasts join the bird count to unleash their inner birder and collect data on the migratory bird species that fly over the south for the winters.

Several bird count events organized across North America, these events aims to collect data on migratory birds for the National Audubon society.

This year, there will be bird counts in countries all over the Western Hemisphere, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and several others listed on Audubon's website.

This Christmas bird count is also the longest-running wildlife census in the United States. Data collected during the bird counts give scientists a deep insight into birds’ migratory movements, which otherwise is very difficult for researchers.

This vital data generated from the Christmas Bird Counts have contributed to several hundred research papers over the years. “In the late 70s to the early 80s, researchers began to embrace citizen science data sets”, said Geoff LeBaron, director of the Christmas Bird Count for the National Audubon Society.

This project also allows researchers to follow interesting migration trends and range shifts for hundreds of different bird species in North America, LeBaron told Live Science.

Once a count is over, the data collected is compiled and sent to the National Audubon Society so that scientists there can compare those numbers to other counts coming in from other regions of North America.


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