111 Years of Counting: Audubonís Christmas Bird Count
Friday, December 10 2010 @ 01:59 AM EST
Contributed by: terrytvgal
The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Audubon’s (BirdLife Partner in the USA) annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place from December 14, 2010 to January 5, 2011. Tens of thousands of volunteers throughout North America will brave winter weather to add a new layer to over a century of data.
Last year’s count shattered records. More than 2,100 counts and 60,753 people tallied 2,319 species and 55,951,707 total birds. That’s nearly 56 million birds. Citizen Scientists spotted 200 more species than during the previous year’s CBC.
Counts took place in all 50 states, all Canadian provinces, plus several Central and South American countries, Guam, Mariana Islands, Bermuda, Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Colombia now has more CBC circles than any other country outside the US and Canada. The census is becoming the most important monitoring system for biodiversity in the country.
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