The officials organizing the Christmas Bird Count are looking for volunteers to join them in the largest annual wildlife project. The Christmas Bird Count was organized for the first time in 1990 thanks to ornithologist Frank M. Chapman.
More precisely, the teams used to gather every year to hunt as many birds as possible. Instead, Chapman came with a great idea suggesting that guns should be put aside. As such, thousands of people grabbed their binoculars and decided to participate in the annual event.
Every designated area consists of a 15-mile diameter count circle. It is worth mentioning that the annual bird count is conducted by the National Audubon Society. The organization has a comprehensive database with valuable information about thousands of bird species.
For instance, roughly fifty bird counts are organized in Kansas every year. On the other hand, Minnesota officials claim that over 1,000 volunteers participate in the event each year. Since the 1900s, the Minnesota Christmas Bird Count gathered data on over 8.5 million birds of 201 species.
There are three site locations in St. Cloud, such as the northern Wright County, Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, and Collegeville, where many people come every year to count as many birds as possible.
In addition, more than thirty bird counts are scheduled in Idaho this year. Wildlife biologists and the Audubon Society officials joined their efforts to develop multiple programs designed to educate birders about the birding trends.
Also, these programs provide volunteers with valuable information about countless bird species. This way, they understand more about the birds’ behavior. This year’s Audubon Christmas Bird Count lasts between December 14 and January 5.
According to the statistics, 76,669 volunteers are participating in this year’s bird count. The volunteers have been divided into 2,505 groups spread across the Pacific Islands, Latin America, Bermuda, and North America.
This year, the count tallied 58.9 million birds, with ten million less than the last year’s record of roughly 68.8 million birds. Nevertheless, this year’s Christmas Bird Count covers 2,607 bird species, meaning around 25 percent of the avifauna in the world.
Unfortunately, El Niño affected many seabirds in the northwestern areas of the Pacific Ocean , as many of them died last year.
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