Each year, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count mobilizes over 70,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,300 locations across the Western Hemisphere. The Audubon 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. Data compiled will record every individual bird and bird species seen in the 7.5 mile radius of White Mills. Data from all the previous counts has been the basis of hundreds of peer-reviewed and scientific studies and inform decisions by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of the Interior and the EPA. 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. The recent Audubon Birds and Climate report, released in September, used data collected during the last 40 years of Christmas Bird counts, as well as other citizen science counts conducted by people, like you and me, who enjoy and love birds.
Please join us on December 20th for the White Mills Christmas Bird Count. You don’t need to be an expert – we will pair you with someone who can help make the identifications. Children of all ages are welcome! Call Barbara for more information at (570) 253-2364.