Participants keep a weather eye for flying fowl at the overlook in Qualicum Beach during the annual Parksville Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count. This year’s count takes place Dec. 18. (NEWS file photo) Participants keep a weather eye for flying fowl at the overlook in Qualicum Beach during the annual Parksville Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count. This year’s count takes place Dec. 20. (NEWS file photo)

Volunteers needed for annual Parksville Qualicum Beach bird count

This year marks 29th time the count will take place locally

It’s that time of year again — volunteers are needed for the annual Parksville Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count.

There’s a few ways to participate in the Sunday, Dec. 15 count.

Birders can count their backyard flock for the feeder count, or join a team in the field. This winter birding tradition took root in 1900, making it North America’s longest-running citizen science project. Each year, upwards of 2,000 counts in the Western Hemisphere are conducted by volunteer groups on a day between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5, with British Columbia touting more than 90 count circles.

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The BCPQ Count takes place midnight to midnight. Teams of three to seven birders will search the pastures, marshes, shoreline, forests and urban neighborhoods within the 24-kilometre diameter BCPQ Count Circle centered near French Creek Marina.

You may pick up a feeder count checklist with instructions at Buckerfields, PV, Mulberry Bush Bookstores PV & QB or Cultivate Garden & Gifts PV, after Dec. 1.

Nanoose Bay will hold its count on Friday, Dec. 20. For information, contact BCNB compiler Joe Crichton at 250-468-1728.

To join a team in the field or if you have any questions contact BCPQ compiler Sandra Gray at 250-248-5565.

cloe.logan@pqbnews.com

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