Annual Christmas Bird Count staged at over 350 locations across Canada

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'Tis the season for counting birds.
Each year more than 10,000 people across Canada participate in the Christmas Bird Count, an event co-ordinated by the National Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada.
The count, a holiday season tradition dating back to 1900, also extends to the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The data collected allow researchers to study the long-term health of bird populations, says Audubon.
The 110th Christmas Bird Count season will run from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. Anyone can participate.
"Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission, often before dawn," says Audubon. "For over 100 years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the holiday season."
Last year 2,836,595 birds were tallied in Canada at 361 locations. Notable sightings, according to an online report, included a Le Conte's sparrow in Wolfville, N.S., a Manx shearwater at Grand Manan, N.B., a sage thrasher at Blenheim, Ont., and a little bunting in Greater Massett, B.C.
The European starling was the most commonly seen species across the country, followed by the American crow and the Canada goose.
Counts are conducted in every province and territory. Details on locations and on how the counting is done are at www.birdscanada.org and www.audubon.org/bird/cbc.

Organizations: National Audubon Society

Geographic location: Canada, United States, Latin America Caribbean Wolfville Grand Manan Blenheim Greater Massett

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