December 14th - January 5th
|National Audubon Society
The Christmas Bird Count has an over 100-year-long history of counting birds and a growing tradition which involves many people over many locations in the western hemisphere. Each year, from December 14 through January 5 tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn to experience the beauty of nature
Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.
Bird-watching is a hobby that interests many different people. The Christmas Bird Count can be a catalyst for bird-watching during the rest of the year. Utilize the Creative Library for plenty of bird images to promote the watching, feeding and care of wild birds.