Brereton Field Naturalist's Club CBC

Brereton Field Naturalist's Club Christmas Bird Count in 2011 Ruth Noland-Flores

Christmas Bird Count

Hermit thrush at CBC credit: Bill SchmokerEach year, Ontario Nature member groups organize bird counts in their communities across Ontario as part of their holiday traditions. The counts bring citizen scientists together to count as many different species, and individuals of those species, as possible over the course of a single day.

The data collected allow researchers and conservation organizations to study the long-term population numbers and ranges of birds across North America. Armed with this information, groups like Ontario Nature can effectively run and evaluate conservation activities.

Bird Studies Canada oversees Canada's Christmas Bird Counts in collaboration with the National Audubon Society.

Christmas Bird Counts are open to everyone welcoming birders of all skill levels and, starting this year, they are free.

Click here to see which Ontario Nature member groups are doing counts this year.

For a full list of this year's counts from across Ontario, vist the Bird Studies Canada webpage here.

Please check back to see a list of Ontario Nature member groups running Christmas Bird Counts.

For more information, please contact:

Colleen Cirillo, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Nature: 416-444-8419 ext.238; colleenc@ontarionature.org.

John Hassell, Communications Manager, Ontario Nature: 416-444-8419 ext.269; johnh@ontarionature.org.

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