Christmas Bird Count – Saturday December 15

2018 Squamish Christmas Bird Count

The Squamish Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, December 15. If you would like to join the count, please sign up by December 8, so that we have a chance to organize groups. The contact for the count is Marcia Danielson  604-898-9420 or  Marcia Danielson.

  • We will meet at McDonald’s at 7:30 am and be off in our groups by 8:00 am.
  • Expect to be out until 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm and then to join the wind-up gathering.
  • If you want to participate from home, you’re welcome to do a feeder count. Please check with Marcia for details.
  • The regular, monthly Squamish bird count was held on December 2, earlier than usual, because of the Christmas Count.

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.