White-throated Sparrow (Photo credit: Dave Inman, Flickr CC)
It’s that time of year when Audubon asks people to get involved in the Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The date for this year’s count is Saturday, December 19, 2015. This will be the 116th year that this historic international count takes place.
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count mobilizes over 70,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,300 locations across the Western Hemisphere. The Christmas Bird Count utilizes the power of volunteers to track the health of bird populations at a scale that professional scientists could never accomplish alone. Because birds are an early indicator of environmental threats to habitats, tracking and recording changes in their location are valuable to the understanding of weather patterns and consequently, the changing climate and its affect on our world.
Northeast PA Audubon is looking for people to help scour the 7.5 mile radius around White Mills looking for as many early winter birds as possible. There might also be late migrating birds if the weather cooperates.
“Please join a team. You don’t need to be an expert,” says Barbara Leo, the local count coordinator. “We can pair you up with an experienced birder.” Call Barbara at (570) 253-2364 to get involved.