Christmas Bird Count teams spend the entire day on foot and by car, observing and recording all species in their area.

Campbell River Christmas Bird Count set for Dec. 30

The Campbell River Christmas Bird Count is planned for Dec. 30 from sunrise to sunset.

Novice or experienced birders can preregister to join a team and cover a designated area by contacting count organizer Luisa at 250-202-3266, or Lu.rich52@gmail.com. Teams spend the entire day on foot and by car, observing and recording all species in their area.

If you’d rather bird from the warmth of your home (Bird Count weather can be “fowl”), you can still participate by checking your feeder throughout the day. Record the time when you have the most feathered visitors and count only that one time. Report your results, your address and how much time you expended looking out at your feeder to the count organizer (above). Note that the bird count may be postponed into the first week of January if snow and ice make travel treacherous on Dec. 30. Check https://www.facebook.com/LuisasEcoEd/ on Dec 29th to see if count is postponed and new date planned.

Participation is free, though participants can make a donation to Bird Studies Canada, at https://www.birdscanada.org/ .

Bird Studies Canada and the National Audubon Society help coordinate and support the efforts of more than 2,500 counts throughout the Western Hemisphere. Christmas Bird Counts are run across Canada and the United States, as well as in Latin America, the Caribbean, and some Pacific Islands. Data collected during the counts include details on the number of birds of each species seen or heard within a local 24-km diameter circle. Surveying this circle year-after-year contributes valuable long-term information on how winter birds are faring, both in your locale and across the country will be held.