Get your binoculars ready for the 216th annual Vernon Christmas Bird Count
Contributed/North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club
Image Credit: North Okanagan Naturalists' Club
November 28, 2016 - 10:57 AM
Started in 1900, the annual Christmas Bird Count is North America's longest-running Citizen Science project. The count focuses on the winter bird population, which is quite different from summer, as many birds leave our area for warmer climes and other species arrive from the far north.
The information collected by thousands of volunteer participants forms one of the world’s largest set of wildlife survey data and is used daily by biologists to assess population trends and distribution of birds. The results of all counts are submitted to Bird Studies Canada and collated for all of North America.
Each Christmas Bird Count is completed within a previously established 24 km diameter area on a single day. The Vernon count, organized by the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club, will be held this year on Sunday, Dec. 18. We invite all interested people (new and experienced birders alike) to participate in this year’s count.
If you are interested in joining us for a day to count our feathered friends in the Vernon area with your binoculars or camera, we will do our best to match you with a group of experienced naturalists for the outing.
Another way to participate is to observe and count the birds at your feeder.
For details or to sign up, please contact the North Okanagan Bird Count coordinator, Peter Blokker, by email or phone, at 250-545-8297.
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