BMN members participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Saturday, December 16. In all, 85 observers in 18 teams identified 82 species and 11,585 individual birds in the TriCities area.
For the past 23 years, the Naturalists have joined forces with the Alouette Field Naturalists for a one-day count of all the birds seen and heard within a 15-mile diameter circle. The numbers are forwarded to Bird Studies Canada and the Audubon Society, who compile information from 2,300 similar counts across Canada and the US, as well as many countries in Central and South America. These censuses track trends in winter bird populations.
At the Thursday January 11th BMN meeting, SFU Professor and CBC Area Coordinator, John Reynolds, will deliver a slideshow to provide a summary of the TriCities’ portion of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.