More than 50,000 observers participate each year in this all-day census of early-winter bird populations. The results of their efforts are compiled into the longest-running database in ornithology, representing over a century of unbroken data on trends of early-winter bird populations across the Americas. Simply put, the Christmas Bird Count, or “CBC,” is citizen science in action. (For more information, click here to go to National Audubon’s webpage about the Christmas Bird Count.)
Steve Bonta is the count coordinator. Please contact him by phone, 684-1175, or email him at [email protected] with “Christmas Bird Count” in the subject line to coordinate your counting activities. We will meet at 5:00 PM to trade stories and compile bird numbers at Urie’s Rib Shack, 954 Pennsylvania Avenue, Tyrone. Any JVAS member is welcome to join us, whether or not you counted birds, but please visit their menu online and let our hospitality chair, Marcia Bonta, know what you’ll be ordering no later than December 12 so we can let the chef know. Anyone who fails to do so will not be able to join us. Email her at [email protected] with “Bird count supper” in the subject line or call 684-3113. We’ll have a private room in the back with room for up to 30 people.