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Christmas Bird Count
The nation’s longest-running citizen science bird project fuels Audubon science throughout the year.
The 118th Christmas Bird Count season is almost here! Since the Christmas Bird Count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteer citizen scientists. The compiled results of all these counts over the years help to track fluctuations in bird populations and are used to guide conservation programs around the world. This will be Kittitas Audubon’s 39th count and is to take place on Saturday, December 16th.
Here’s how it works: no matter the weather, teams of people each cover a slice of a 15-mile diameter circle centered in west Ellensburg. Each year in December they count every species and group of birds they see, often beginning before sunrise to count night species, such as owls. Some areas require a fair amount of walking, but much counting will be done from the car as the roads are slowly traveled.
If you’re interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Holidays from Kittitas Audubon!