The 30th annual Parksville Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count is scheduled to take place on Dec. 20. (PQB News File Photo)

The 30th annual Parksville Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count is scheduled to take place on Dec. 20. (PQB News File Photo)

Volunteers needed for annual Parksville Qualicum Beach bird count

COVID-19 protocols to be observed

The 30th annual Parksville Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count will take place Dec. 20.

Organizers are again looking for volunteers. However, they have altered their traditional format to ensure COVID-19 protocols are strictly observed.

There will be no public gatherings. Teams in the field will be smaller and will practice social distancing. The count results will be sent electronically to the compilers.

More participation is being encouraged this year through bird feeder counts which take place from Dashwood, to Errington and to Northwest Bay.

In the field, local birders will survey shorelines, rural and urban neighborhoods within a 24-kilometre circle centred near French Creek.

For those interested to join, you may pick up feeder count checklists with instructions, at Buckerfield’s, Cultivate Garden and Gift, Mulberry Bush Bookstores (Parksville and Qualicum Beach) and North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre after December 10.

For more feeder count info contact rppsolar@yahoo.com

Birdwatchers wishing to count in the field or have any questions contact James Goodwin at good_one@telusplanet.net

The Christmas Bird Census was started in the 1900 by the National Audubon Society. The results of the past 120 years of annual counts has grown into a very large citizen science data base used by scientists to study long term research of the health and status of North American birds, habitat loss, and the effects of climate change.

More information may be found at: http://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count

— NEWS Staff

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