2020 Squamish Christmas Bird Count

2020 Squamish Christmas Bird Count

Looking for a COVID-friendly activity for next Sunday? Do you keep bird feeders? If so, regardless of the weather, you and your family can take part in the Squamish Christmas Bird Count from your own home. If you’re interested, please check with Marcia Danielson at 604-898-9420 or Marcia Danielson.

Participation in the 2020 field count is limited to experienced observers and will follow strict protocols to help keep everyone safe from COVID-19.

The Christmas Bird Count is North America’s longest-running Citizen Science project. Counts happen in over 2000 localities throughout the Western Hemisphere.

History of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count began at the turn of the century. It was born out of an earlier tradition, the Christmas ‘Side Hunt’, in which hunters took sides and competed to see who could shoot the most birds and mammals. Ornithologist Frank M. Chapman, an early officer in the Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition—a “Christmas Bird Census” that would count birds rather than hunt them. The first count was held on Christmas Day 1900, when 27 birders, participating in 25 counts, tallied around 90 species.

Nowadays, Christmas Bird Counts are held from December 14 through January 5 each year, throughout the America’s. Tens of thousands of volunteers brave snow, wind, or rain, and take part in the effort. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this long-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations, and to help guide conservation action. More about the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

More about Squamish Environment Society birding activities.