Nature Moncton’s Christmas Birdfeeder Count (CBC)
Saturday, December 18, 2021    


Greetings to all birder enthusiasts who live in the Greater Moncton area. If you have participated in the Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) in the past or are new to this Annual Citizen Science survey we would love to have you join us, Roger Leblanc, the Greater Moncton area CBC bird count co-ordinator, and myself for this 61st year. This is my 6th year assisting Roger in the important feeder count part of the event
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 18th, 2021 Nature Moncton will be holding its 61st 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 18th, take notes and pass on the data to us by filling out the form included below and sending it to susandatkinson@hotmail.com. You can also include any rare observations (not on the list) starting from Dec 15th until Dec 21st, 2021
Your support will ensure the Moncton area is well represented and that the counts reflect the birds attracted to our urban feeders. If you are at home, even if just a short time, please note the birds you see at your feeders on Saturday December 18th and email me your tallies. Emailed tallies using the form below simplifies the tabulating process but is not essential. If completing the form is a problem, just send in a tally with what and how many you saw, how much time you spent etc in an email. Please include your address so the counts can be collated into the correct zones.
If you have any problems, email or call me at 384-2332 leaving your name and number.
Your data will be added to the results of our 9 field teams that will be concurrently counting species and individual birds they find in a 24 km diameter circle around Moncton.
This notice is going out via the NM Info-line mailing list and to contacts from previous years. If you have friends and neighbours who are not members but have feeders, please feel free to pass on this message. Every participant’s observations will support this worthy study. Below is the easy form to complete.
 Many thanks for taking time during this very busy pre-Christmas season to help with this important citizen’s scientific research survey.


Susan Atkinson,
 
susandatkinson@hotmail.com





Nature Moncton’s 61st Annual Citizens’ Christmas Bird Count

Bird Feeder Observers


But what is the “Christmas Bird count”? It’s the longest-running Citizen Science survey in the world. It has now been going on for 122 years. In Canada it is coordinated by Bird Studies Canada. From December 13, 2021 to January 4, 2022 several thousand volunteers throughout North America and beyond will brave the 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.
This is the 61st year for the count in Moncton, can we get 61 feeders reporting? Here is your chance to help us reach that goal. This important tally helps the birds and nature. If you have a neighbour who would also be interested, please forward this message.
We would also like to obtain any unusual observations (not on the list) made from December 15 to December 21, 2021. Please enter any pertinent observation, dates etc made at the bottom of the table.
Should you be able to participate I have included a short explanation below of the process to follow. Once your information has been entered onto the writable form just email your data to me as an attachment as soon as is convenient after the count day. If you are interested to have a copy of the final feeder tally once tabulated let me know.
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.
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.
Watch Time It is important that you do your best to 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.


Note: The first three hours of daylight may be the most productive in some areas.




          Nature Moncton’s

Christmas Birdfeeder Count (CBC)
    Saturday, December 18, 2021


For contact and / or information 

please contact Susan Atkinson at

  ​susandatkinson@hotmail.com