The National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count takes place in late December and early January each year, and the local chapter is looking for volunteers to take part.

The Christmas Bird Count has taken place for more than 100 years. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the United States Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24 hour period on one calendar day to count birds,  according to a media release from the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society.

The count provides data about the state of birds, species population trends, migration statistics and more. All are welcome to participate in the free event. Novice birders will be partnered in teams with those with experience, the release said. Feeder watchers are needed as well. 

DOAS coordinates three regions for the annual count: Oneonta Region in Otsego County, Fort Plain Region in Montgomery County, and Delaware County Region. It is DOAS's 51st year participating. 

The Oneonta Christmas Bird Count will take place Saturday, Dec. 14. Small groups in one or two cars count all the birds they find for whatever hours they choose. Each team is assigned a territory within one of three designated 15-mile radius circles, centered in Milford. Organizers are looking for people who live within each count circle to participate as feeder watchers. People who have participated before will be contacted.

Each group has a leader who will have received appropriate materials beforehand, the release said. To sign up as a new counter or a feeder watch participant, contact Sandy Bright at brights@hartwick.edu or 607-287-4465. 

For a map of the Oneonta area count, visit https://tinyurl.com/CBConeontaarea.

The Montgomery County count will take place Saturday, Dec. 28, near Fort Plain. There will be a potluck after the count. For information, contact Bob Donnelly at rsdonn@yahoo.com or 607-264-8156.

The final count sponsored by DOAS will be Saturday, Jan. 4, in Delaware County. Those wishing to participate are asked to contact Pam Peters at ovenb1rdp@gmail.com or 607-829-6545.

 

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the US, Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24 hour period on one calendar day to count birds.

 

 

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