Century Long Tradition of Keeping the Ledger for North Carolina Birds
The Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running wildlife census in the world. Every year in mid-December through early-January, each individual count takes place in a 15-mile-wide circle and is led by a compiler responsible for organizing volunteers and submitting observations to Audubon. In the 51 circles in North Carolina, participants tally all birds seen or heard that day—not just the species but total numbers to provide a clear idea of the health of that particular population.
Each year, North Carolina ranks in the top performing states participating in the global citizen science event. North Carolina will record every individual bird and bird species seen in a specified area, contributing to a vast citizen science network that continues a tradition stretching back more than 100 years.
Audubon North Carolina invites birdwatchers to participate in the longest-running citizen science survey, the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Between December 14 and January 5, hundreds of bird-loving volunteers will participate in counts across North Carolina.
Both the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and the Backyard Bird Count contribute to our understanding of birds and how to protect them nationwide.
The Christmas Bird Count has begun and Audubon needs everyone's help to gain as much knowledge about the birds as possible. Follow or participate in this free citizen science project that has progressively grown throughout the years.
Even though Christmas is over, there is more fun to be had with the Christmas Bird Count. Join your local Audubon Chapter in Winston-Salem to bird watch and enjoy the outdoors.
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