How To Join
A Christmas Bird Count in Florida
find those in charge of the nearest Christmas Bird Count
(CBC), contact your local Audubon Society club or visit
the National Audubon website.
Be prepared for a full day outdoors, realizing that
it may be much warmer in the afternoon than it was at daybreak. Dress
in layers so clothes can be shed when necessary. Always be prepared
To casual bird watchers, serious birders can be a curious
sort. Some enjoy their activity alone and in solitude, while others
prefer the camaraderie of the group.
Regardless, they all take unparalleled delight in spotting any
new species, no matter how distant or how small the subject may be,
and a few of them are as competitive as any major league baseball player
in striving for the most hits.
CBCs are competitive to a certain degree since individuals
in count groups may strive against each other, while the various groups
within a state are competing, too, for the highest count of individual
birds, species totals or the best list of rarities.
The individual bird counts are sometimes the greatest challenge: pity those
who have to count acres and acres of coots!
from the CBC is published annually by American Birds,
the national magazine of the Audubon Society. The amount of data is
encyclopedic: the telephone book-sized volume contains
detailed facts and figures from each of the count sites.
This annual tally, the longest and most continuous information
source on North American winter bird populations, has become a valuable
reference for scientists. It reveals hints of many different kinds of
trends, from the status of wintering red-tailed hawks
to the range expansion of songbirds.
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