Submitted by Daryl Calder
You can contribute to 120 years of community science by signing up for a Christmas Bird Count nearby. It's like a little treasure hunt, and if the birds are rare and unusual, it can be quite exciting.
If you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher. Each team of four needs a driver, recorder, spotters and someone who can leaf through a bird guidebook to check the accuracy of each particular sighting. We tend to drive short distances, hop out to look and listen, and take short walks. Sometimes large flocks of birds are seen; several 'counters/estimators' are helpful to provide accurate information. A photographer is very helpful too.
The data collected by count participants over the past 120 years, have become one of only two large pools of information indicating how the birds of the Americas are faring over time. To participate in the count, or to become a 'feeder watcher', please go to the Rocky Mountain Naturalists Christmas Bird Count page accessible HERE. You will find contact information important details and past reports. We hope to have your help at the Cranbrook count on Saturday, December 28, and Kimberley count on Saturday, January 4, 2020.