The Alberta Society for Injured Birds of Prey invites birdwatchers to participate in the longest-running
community science survey, the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on December 27th, 2020.
Birders and nature enthusiasts in Strathcona County will take part in the 32nd year of this tradition, many rising before dawn to participate taking a walk during daylight hours in nature or watching from
their bird feeders counting birds.
“The Christmas Bird Count is a great tradition and opportunity for everyone to be a part of 121 years
of ongoing community science,” said Geoff LeBaron, Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count director, who
first started leading the community science effort in 1987. “Adding your observations to twelve
decades of data helps scientists and conservationists discover trends that make our work more
impactful. Participating in the Christmas Bird Count is a fun and meaningful way to spend a winter
for anyone and everyone.”
When combined with other surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey, Audubon’s Christmas Bird
Count provides a picture of how the continent's bird populations have changed in time and space over
the past hundred years. The long-term perspective is vital for conservationists. It informs strategies
to protect birds and their habitat, and helps identify environmental issues with implications for people
as well. For example, earlier this year, Science published a study using decades of Audubon Christmas
Bird Count data to describe a grim picture: a steady decline of nearly three billion North American
birds since 1970, primarily as a result of human activities. Christmas Bird Count data have been used
in more than 300 peer-reviewed articles.
Birders of all ages are welcome to contribute to this fun, nationwide community science project,
which provides ornithologists with a crucial snapshot of our native bird populations during the winter
months. Each individual count is performed in a count circle with a diameter of 15 miles. At least ten
volunteers, including a compiler to coordinate the process, count in each circle. The volunteers break
up into small parties and follow assigned routes, which change little from year to year, counting every
bird they see. In most count circles, some people also watch feeders instead of following routes.
To sign up for the Strathcona County Count please fill out the registration form on this page.
Count contact :
Karl Grantmyre, Kgmyre@gmail.com 780-720-5507