The Orange County Audubon Society (OCAS) invites Orange County residents, neighbors, and friends to join in the newly reactivated Southern Orange County Christmas Bird Count (CBC). This National Audubon Society annual tradition is the longest running citizen science survey in the world.
From now until Sat., Jan. 5, volunteers will count birds across the U.S., Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere. The Southern Orange County CBC will take place on Sat., Dec. 29 with a rain date of Sun., Dec. 30. Bird watchers of all skill levels are encouraged to join in this fun tradition.
Not experienced? Don’t worry. Inexperienced birders will join teams with experienced leaders. Within a pre-designated 15-mile radius circle, count volunteers will be organized by a local volunteer Data Compiler to follow specified routes (or meet an experienced birder at specific locations) to count every bird they see or hear. The Compiler shares our day’s count data with the National Audubon Society.
Data collected over the past century has allowed Audubon researchers, conservation biologists, wildlife agencies, and other interested individuals to study the long-term status of bird populations across North America and to further protect many bird species. To date over 300 peer-reviewed articles have resulted from analysis done with CBC data.
Bird-related community science efforts are also critical to understanding how birds are responding to a changing climate. This documentation enabled Audubon scientists to discover that 314 species of North American birds are threatened by global warming (reported in Audubon’s groundbreaking Birds and Climate Change Study). The tradition of counting birds combined with modern technology and mapping is enabling researchers to make discoveries not possible in earlier decades.
To participate fill out the survey form at www.OrangeCountyAudubonSociety.org. For more information send an email to info@orangecountyNYaudubon.org.