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Christmas Bird Count 2017

On Saturday, December 16, 2017, Audubon Miami Valley will hold its 116th 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.Gather at 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Miami University Ecology Research Center on Somerville Road for the Christmas Bird Count.

All participants are encouraged to bring food to share along with their own table service. Also, as hunting season includes this date, participants are asked to be cautious and wear bright orange hats or vests when in the field so that they can be clearly distinguished from the game hunters are seeking.

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 lgersbach@amvohio.org.

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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: www.amvohio.org. 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.

MORE ABOUT THE COUNT: The original bird count was on Christmas day in 1900. It now incorporates more than 1600 organized efforts and over 50,000 participants throughout continental U. S., Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. territories, Canada, Bermuda, parts of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and Pacific islands. Data collected are sent to National Audubon Society. In the past these data were published annually in a special “Christmas Bird Count” issue of “American Birds.” The annual data will only be presented digitally on the web at http://netapp.audubon.org/CBCObservation/.

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