Tens of thousands of volunteers will take part in the Audubon Society’s 114th annual Christmas Bird Count which begins Saturday (Dec. 14) and runs through January 5.
Local counts cover just a one-day period.
The Christmas Bird Count is described as the longest-running citizen-science survey in the world. The data collected allows researchers, conservation biologists and others to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America.
The head of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s wildlife diversity division, Dan Brauning, says the count also makes an indispensable contribution to our conservation as it monitors bird species that spend winters in Pennsylvania. It also serves as a good way to introduce beginners to bird identification, since it is often easier to locate birds through binoculars in the winter.