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Why the Christmas Bird Count Matters


On December 14, Audubon Miami Valley will hold its annual Christmas Bird Count. The data collected from this count, combined with other surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey, provide a picture of how the continents bird populations have changed in time and space over the past forty years.  Local trends provide strategies for protecting birds and their habitats.  They also signal an immediate environmental threat such as groundwater contamination or poisoning from improper use of pesticides

Everyone is welcome to participate, regardless of experience.  New participants can join groups led by experts covering portions of the count area. Meet at 7:00am at the Miami University Ecology Research Center on Somerville Rd.  Bring a covered dish to share for lunch after the count and your own table service. Dress warmly and wear boots for walking.  Wear a bright jacket and bring binoculars if possible.

We will break out in teams to cover an area of approximately 176 square miles around Oxford.  Count areas include Springwood, Four Mile Creek, Bachelor Wildlife Preserve, Indian Creek Valley, Rush Run, Hueston Woods State Park-Acton Lake and the Miami University Airport.  At any time during the day, birdwatchers at home can email counts to Larry Gersbach at

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Birdfolk concentrate on hot soup and rare bird screen image!

Soon after the count, results will be available at Audubon Miami Valley’s website: Data collected is sent to National Audubon Society and published annually in a special issue of “American Birds.” Larry Gersbach and Dave Russell are coordinators of the event.

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