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Christmas Bird Count, 12/17


Audubon’s Annual ChristmasBirdCount takes place in-and-around Oxford on Saturday, Dec. 17, 7:30am at Miami University’s Ecology Research Center on Somerville Rd. The dawn-to-dusk census of bird species covers 176 square miles and is conducted according to National Audubon Society rules.

The original bird count was on Christmas Day in 1900. It now incorporates more than 1,600 organized efforts and more than 50,000 participants throughout most of North America, Hawaii, U.S. territories, Bermuda, the Caribbean and Pacific islands. Data collected are sent to National Audubon and published annually in a special “Christmas Bird Count” issue of “American Birds.”

Regardless of experience, new participants are welcome to join groups led by experts covering portions of the count area.  First-time counters and those under 18 years of age can participate free of charge but repeat birders pay the $6 participation fee, which covers data processing and publication. Hot beverage and lunch are served at noon while we compile the first species and numbers of the Count. Participants are encouraged to bring food to share and their own table service.


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