Date(s) - Saturday, Dec 16, 2017 - Sunday, Dec 17, 2017
You can help in the National Audubon Society’s 118th Annual Christmas Bird Count in Jamestown, New York or Warren, Pennsylvania on Saturday or Sunday, Dec. 16 or 17.
Reservations are required by Friday, Dec. 8 to be assigned a count area.
For more than a century birdwatchers have been counting birds to add to the information of which species are found in a defined area. The first bird counts were organized to draw people away from traditional Christmas bird hunts, when groups went out to shoot raptors for entertainment.
You are invited to participate in this historic census of birds in a defined circle performed by volunteer bird watchers. You can participate by watching a feeder, by driving through an assigned area, or by walking in an assigned area.
Participants must be able to identify the birds, or be willing to go with a person who can do so, and to report using the protocol. Once assigned a location, you can spend as little or as much time as you want on the count day, but this will be a part of the reporting.
If you live in the Christmas Bird Count circle, you can also help by filling your feeders and then keeping a list of the birds you observe on the counting day.
Each day in the evening, the bird watchers get together for a pot luck and to report their sightings. It is a great time to tell the day’s stories, note the trends and celebrate any unusual species seen.
People who enjoy watching birds or who would like to learn more about bird watching are encouraged to call the Nature Center at (716) 569-2345 and leave a message for Ruth Lundin.
People in the Warren area interested in Saturday’s count can reach Don Watts, who organizes volunteers for the Warren Count, at (814) 723-9125.
Reservations are required a week in advance to be assigned a count area. For more information or to register, call Audubon Community Nature Center at (716) 569-2345 during business hours or register online. If you register online, click all the way through checkout, even though the cost is zero.