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81st Annual Christmas Bird Count
December 23, 2016, 7:00 am–7:00 pm
81st Annual Birmingham Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count Friday, December 23, 2016
For information on how to participate, email Birmingham Audubon Outreach Director Ansel Payne.
The Birmingham Audubon Society CBC began in 1946, which means that this year’s count will be our 81st—one of the longest running CBCs in the country! All BAS members and friends are invited to participate on Friday, December 23, 2016. Thanks to the continued support of our dedicated members and friends this wonderful Christmas tradition continues to this day. Consider making the Christmas Bird Count a part of your holiday tradition and join the fun on count day. Accompanying this article you will find a copy of the map detailing the count circle and the various territories within the circle. I invite all of our members to consider participating in the count by choosing an area (you do not have to live within the territory or the count circle) and contacting the corresponding party leader to make arrangements to join the group. If you are not able or do not wish to participate, but have some unusual winter birds visiting your feeders that we should record for the count, please contact us in advance. We especially would love to hear from you if you have some owls in your neighborhood or wintering hummingbirds!
For those who may be interested, the Count Circle app by Stevens Creek Software is available for download from the iTunes Store. The app clearly displays the boundaries for each Christmas Bird Count circle, and allows the user to determine in real time their location within the circle. Count Circle includes the complete National Audubon database of CBCs, with a total of 2687 different count circles in 90 different states and territories including Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America and Antarctica.
Get your holidays off to a merry start by joining in this historic count. David George will handle compiling duties and Elberta Reid will host our compilation at her home, located at 2616 Mountain Brook Parkway. Call Elberta if you need directions: 879-1935. The compilation will begin at 5:00 p.m. and light refreshments will be provided.
Greg Harber, for the Bird Counts Committee