The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society will again participate in the National Audubon Society’s 111th annual Christmas Bird Count on Friday, Dec. 16. The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is an early-winter bird census where tens of thousands of volunteers across the U.S. and many other countries in the Western Hemisphere go out for one day to count birds. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn.
For more than 100 years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the holiday season. 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.