Nature Moncton’s 54thnd Annual Christmas Bird Count
Bird Feeder Observers
Do you love watching birds at your feeders? By supplementing the winter nourishment of your winged friends you are giving them a great helping hand. Here is a simple and fun way of doing even more. On Saturday, December 20th , 2014 Nature Moncton will be holding its 54th annual Christmas bird count and you can participate by telling us what you see at your feeders that day. It’s very simple! You watch the birds that come to your feeder on December 20. You fill out a list form that we will give you. Your data will be added to the results of our 12 field teams that will be concurrently counting species and individual birds they find in a 24 km diameter circle around Moncton.
But what is a “Christmas Bird count”? It’s the longest-running Citizen Science survey in the world. It’s been going on for 114 years now. In Canada it is coordinated buy Bird studies Canada. From December 14 to January 5, 2014 several thousand volunteers throughout North America and beyond will brave winter weather to count birds on a specific day in each count circle. From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in a Christmas Bird Count is making a difference for science and bird conservation. Scientists rely on the remarkable trend data from the Christmas Bird Count to better understand how birds and the environment are getting along and what needs to be done to protect them.
And since this is the 54th year of the count in Moncton we would like to get 54 feeders reporting. Here is your chance to help us reach that goal and at the same time help the birds and nature.
Hoping you decide to join us and below is a short explanation of the procedure to follow with the form to fill out.
Then all you have to do is email or phone your data to us after the count day. We will email you the total bird count results.
Counting Many of the same birds may visit your feeder more than once during the day. To get around this you only submit the maximum number of each species that you observed all at one time during the day. The maximum number of a different species may be at another time.
Example A, if you see, at various times 3, 7, or 5 Black-capped Chickadees, you only record 7 for the day’s total. You note what time you recorded the 7 count.
Example B, the sexes of some birds are distinct. Downey and Hairy Woodpecker males have red patches on their heads, females do not. If you see 2 Downey females at one time and a male later, your total would be 3. Record the times.
Watch Time It is important that you record the total time spent watching. You are not expected to watch continuously, but if you look at your feeders every 15 minutes or so from say 8:00 am to 2:00 pm you record 6 hours of watching time. If you did watch continuously for 2 hours in the morning and 1 in the afternoon, record 3 hours total. Whatever the time just record it.
The first three hours of daylight may be the most productive in some areas.