Christmas Bird Count 2011: Dec 31st
Posted by Jennifer Nagy (+61) 9 years ago
The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Audubon's annual Christmas Bird Count is gearing up for the 112th year. The Christmas Bird Count is a citizen science program and individuals of all levels of birding experience are invited to come out and participate. The bird count in Miles city will take place on Saturday, December 31st. Participants can meet at the Miles City Public Library at 8am. If you are not a `birder' please come anyway, you will be matched with someone who is.

Counts can be family or community traditions that make for fascinating stories. Count volunteers follow specified routes through a designated 15-mile diameter circle or can arrange in advance to count the birds at home feeders inside the circle and submit the results to the compiler. The count circle centers at the intersection of 7th and Main Street; including Pirogue Island, portions of Fort Keogh, and Miles City region. There is a fee of $5 per field participant 19-years-old and older. These fees fund the program and help to cover cost of generating materials for compilers, producing an annual CBC summary issue, and maintaining the CBC Website and database. Feeder watchers can count for free.

Scientists rely on the remarkable trend data of Audubon's CBC to better understand how birds are faring in North America and beyond our borders. "Everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Count plays a critical role in helping us focus attention and conservation where it is most needed," said Audubon's Christmas bird count director, Geoff LeBaron. "In addition to Audubon's reports on the impacts of Climate Change on birds and our analysis of Common Birds in Decline, it is the foundation for Audubon's Watch List, which identified species in dire need of conservation help. The Christmas Bird Count Helped document the comeback of the previously endangered Bald Eagle, and significant increases in waterfowl populations, both the result of conservations efforts.

Would you like to count birds at your bird feeder during the day for the count? Please contact Jennifer Nagy beforehand at 234-2784. Do you have any questions about the count day? Please contact the count leader Jennifer Muscha at 951-2799.
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Posted by Beth R. Riggs (+303) 9 years ago
Very fun. Find your birdie friends and car pool for more eyes and fun. There is a beauty out there to see.
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Posted by Jennifer Nagy (+61) 9 years ago
This Saturday.
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Posted by Beth R. Riggs (+303) 9 years ago
Tomorrow. You can go for two hours or all day. You link up with others that have the same schedule.
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