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Get outside and help our feathered friends through Christmas Bird Count

By Chris Clay,
Mississauga News,
December 20 2017

Ontario Nature member groups have organized several dozen Christmas bird counts across the province that started last week and run until Jan. 5. The data collected will be used to to guide conservation strategies and to keep an eye on the health of the birds. - Missy Mandel photo [chickadee, snow, and staghorn sumac]

Peel residents willing to brave the cold over the next few weeks can provide an invaluable service toward the study and conservation of birds.

Ontario Nature member groups have organized several dozen Christmas bird counts across the province that started Dec. 14 and run until Jan. 5. The data collected will be used to guide conservation strategies and to also track the health of both resident and migratory birds.

“The Christmas Bird Count is a great way for bird lovers of all ages to help Ontario’s birds,” said Ontario Nature conservation science co-ordinator Emma Horrigan in a release. “Novices work alongside experts to collect important data that helps guide work on behalf of all birds across the province. And, who knows? Maybe you’ll see a rare bird that no one has recorded before.”

It’s an annual event that has been happening since 1900 and is billed as North America’s longest-running wildlife census. Last year, about 14,000 people across the country took part in close to 500 bird counts that had three million birds recorded.

Last year’s counts in Ontario compiled some interesting data. A total of 60 bald eagles, a record number, were recorded during a count near Windsor while, for the first time ever, a tufted titmouse was documented in Owen Sound.

Ottawa had some rare sightings including a fox sparrow, two harlequin ducks and a red-bellied woodpecker.

To find a nearby count, or for more information, visit ontarionature.org/cbc.

by Chris Clay
Chris Clay is a staff reporter with The Mississauga News and The Brampton Guardian.

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