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PA Migration Count, May 14th

Birdwatching

The 2016 Pennsylvania Migration Count will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

The Pennsylvania Migration Count (PAMC) was established to gather annual data on migratory bird populations, and to help answer some fundamental questions regarding their distribution throughout Pennsylvania. PAMC is an annual one-day snapshot of bird populations within our state attempting to answer which species are present, where are they and how many there are? Detecting the changes in population will help give us an early warning of possible declines and it is hoped that steps can be taken toward assisting their future survival. In many ways, the PAMC is similar to the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), with the exception that it is county-based.

Results from the count are compiled across the state and published in Pennsylvania Birds, our state ornithological journal.

Can you join us in covering Wayne County?

It’s a great way to spend International Migratory Bird Day! Birders of all skill levels can help out with the count. Beginning at midnight with the songs of the Whip-poor-wills (if we’re lucky!) and the hooting of the Great Horned Owls, the PAMC is a great way to spend time outside. Whether you tally birds in your backyard, at your feeders, the local little league ballfield, along the river, on a lake, at your camp or spend time hiking through a state park, your observations count. While observations can be made over a 24-hour period, it’s up to you to decide how much time you will contribute.

More information about the PAMC can be found on our Citizen Science page. If you are interested in participating, please contact Chris Fischer at cfischer@nepaaudubon.org.

Christmas Bird Count, Sat. Dec. 19th

White-throated Sparrow
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.

Birds and Bagels, Sat., May 23

Lacawac Sanctuary
Lacawac Sanctuary is a hotspot for a diverse population of bird species. Join Northeast Pennsylvania’s Audubon Society naturalists on a walk to identify the birds we see and hear. Field marks, songs, behaviors and flight patterns are all characteristics that can lead to a proper identification. The expert birders from the NEPA Audubon Society and other naturalist professionals will help us identify species to record on eBird, a citizen science site used by researchers tracking bird populations and migrations. Enjoy a handsome breakfast at the lodge after the walk. $15 per person; $10 for members. Register by calling (570) 689-9494 or email info@lacawac.org.

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