Southeast Volusia Audubon sets Christmas Bird Count date.
As part of the National Audubon Society's 108th Christmas
Bird Count (CBC), the Southeast Volusia Audubon Society will
conduct its count on the 29th of December 2007. Participants
will meet at the Brannon Center (on Riverside Drive in NSB,
just south of Canal Street) at 7:00 a.m. to start the count,
and again at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Street Grill for dinner
and tally the results. Dick and Gail Domroski are coordinating
the event this year so contact them at 428-0447 if you are
interested in participating.
The longest-running wildlife census in the world, the count
has become an annual tradition for citizen science volunteers
in communities throughout the Americas. The data they collect
enables Audubon and other conservation partners to assess
the status of birds and habitats vital to feathered flyers
across the Western Hemisphere.
This year, CBC data helped reveal population declines among
many beloved birds. Issued in June, Audubon's Common Birds
in Decline analysis generated stunning headlines throughout
the US, and focused new attention on habitat loss, climate
change and other threats facing familiar birds - and offered
ways that people can help keep these common birds common.
CBC data are also instrumental to development of the WatchList,
a collaboration of Audubon and the American Bird Conservancy
that identifies less common birds whose small and declining
population sizes and limited ranges put them at imminent threat
"Each of the citizen scientists who braves snow, ice,
wind, or rain to take part in the Christmas Bird Count is
making an enormous contribution to conservation," said
Geoff LeBaron, National Audubon's Christmas Bird Count Director.
"Counting is the first step in learning how environmental
threats are affecting our birds - and in helping to protect
New analysis of Christmas Bird Count data will focus on how
populations or ranges may be changing due to the effects of
global climate change. The proverbial "canaries in the
coal mine," birds provide an early warning indicator
of the health of the global climate we all share.
The CBC began over a century ago when 27 conservationists
in 25 localities, led by scientist and writer Frank Chapman,
changed the course of ornithological history. On Christmas
Day in 1900, the small group posed an alternative to the "side
hunt," a Christmas day activity in which teams competed
to see who could shoot the most birds and small mammals. Instead,
Chapman proposed that they identify, count, and record all
the birds they saw, founding what is now considered to be
the world's most significant citizen-based conservation effort
- and a more than century-old institution.
During last year's count, nearly 70 million birds were counted
by nearly 58,000 volunteers, a record level of participation
- with counts taking place in all 50 states, every Canadian
province, parts of Central and South America, Bermuda, the
West Indies, and Pacific Islands.
The CBC method requires volunteers to count birds within
an established 15-mile diameter circle. However, anyone can
participate. Beginning birders will be placed in a group,
or field party, that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher.
If your home is within the boundaries of a CBC circle, then
you can stay home and report the birds that visit your feeder
by sending your sightings to your local count organizer or
compiler. New participants should sign up well in advance
of December 14 so they can receive instructions from their
compiler regarding where to meet, or how to report feeder
data. CBC data are entered online by compilers through the
Christmas Bird Count website www.audubon.org/bird/cbc. Site
visitors can watch results build in their area and across
the Americas, as well as learn how local bird populations
have changed during the last 100 years.
For more information about Christmas Bird Count www.audubon.org/bird/cbc
For info on Common Birds in Decline http://stateofthebirds.audubon.org/cbid/
To read the New York Times editorial www.audubon.org/news/CBID_NYTimes.html
To see people counting birds in Central Park and hear comments
by Geoff LeBaron, see Yahoo's Assignment Earth video http://video.yahoo.com/video/play?vid=1106552539