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Christmas Bird Counts are on the horizon!

December 9th, 2018 by Nora, Lead Naturalist Guide

Each winter, tens of thousands of people get together all over the Western Hemisphere and count birds in what is possibly the largest community-science project in the world. The Christmas Bird Count, or CBC, has been going on for 118 years—the 2018–2019 season is the 119th CBC!

Rough-legged Hawks are typically only in Mono County during the winter months, and they blend right in with the patchy snow. Photo by Nora Livingston.

Last year, people tallied over 56 million individual birds during the count window. These counts help show trends in bird populations, because the areas where people are counting are standardized into individual 15-mile-diameter count circles and the counts are repeated the same way every year.

Want to participate in a count near you? Check out the National Audubon Society’s article on how to get started or check out this interactive map to find a count circle near you.

To join one of our local counts, check out the dates and contact info of the count leaders and contact them today!

Bishop CBC: Saturday, December 15
Contact Chris Howard by email.

Mammoth Lakes CBC: Sunday, December 16
Contact Santiago Escruceria by email.

Mono Lake CBC: Tuesday, December 18
Contact Nora Livingston by email.

You don’t need to be a birder at all to participant in this winter count. If you like spending the day outside and wouldn’t mind taking some notes, you will be paired with a more experienced birder and you will end up learning a lot and perhaps become inspired to spend more time looking at our feathered friends on your own. We hope you’ll join us for this year’s CBC!

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