Christmas Bird Count gears up

Annual birding exercise helps detail the state of feathered friends

When local birders take to the fields and marshes for the annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 16, organizer Sandra Gray wants to make sure there is a strong contingent who stay home to keep an eagle eye on their bird feeders as well.

“I am determined to boost the number of participating Feeder counters this year,” Gray said. “I know there are hundreds of people within the Parksville-Qualicum Beach count circle who buy bird seed, suet cakes and specialty feed for their feathered friends. It amounts to potentially thousands of resident and wintering birds to include in our census.”

For many, feeding birds in their backyard has become a rewarding experience opening up a new world of discovery and a connection to nature.  Feeder count Checklists with instructions are available at Buckerfields in Parksville after Dec. 1. This will be the 22nd annual bird count, which sees volunteers fan out across the area to count both the number of species and the number of individual birds.

Gray said the Christmas Bird Count has become a seasonal and family tradition for many.

“Last year’s count shattered records. A total of 2,248 counts and 63,227 people tallied over 60 million birds. Counts took place in all 50 states, all Canadian provinces, plus 99 count circles in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands,” she said. “Here in the BCPQ count circle, teams of three to seven birders cover as much terrain as possible, dawn to dusk, armed with binoculars, spotting scopes and field guides. Many teams also take this opportunity to do some owling in the wee hours of the morning, owling is always a challenge but can be very rewarding.”

Data is collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations, and to help guide conservation action.  Count results from 1900 to the present are available at http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count.

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

 

— Submitted by CBC

 

 

Just Posted

Touring exhibit from Royal B.C. Museum highlights First Nations languages

Qualicum Beach Museum will be home to a variety of interactive stations

‘Dirty Money’ in Nanoose Bay: Dr. Peter German to speak at ElderCollege

‘This is an evolving study’: presenting up-to-date information on B.C. organized crime

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh to campaign in Port Alberni

Singh joins Courtenay-Alberni candidate for rally to kick off final weekend before election

Winter preparation underway for mid-Island highways

Drivers reminded to ready vehicles for changing conditions

Qualicum Beach council discusses helping out Orca Place residents

Town considers offer of temporary jobs in the future

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

Everything you need to know before getting the flu shot

Island pharmacist shares concerns, recommendations before flu season hits

‘Sky didn’t fall:’ Police, lawyers still adjusting after pot legalization

Statistics Canada says 541 people were charged under the federal Cannabis Act between Oct. 17, 2018 and the end of the year

Fewer people prescribed opioids in B.C., but other provinces lack data: doctors

Patients who began taking opioids were prescribed smaller doses for shorter duration

Electric cello, stolen from vehicle in Williams Lake, returned to U.S. owner

Rita Rice of Texas said she and her husband had given up hope of ever seeing it again

Vancouver Island’s West Coast going wild about cycling

Ongoing project will tie Tofino and Ucluelet together with a paved cycling trail

Drop, cover and hold on: Thousands of British Columbians to take part in earthquake drill

This year’s drill comes as scientists announce discovery of ‘stormquakes,’ an earthquake and hurricane

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Frustration and pride in Canada after a year of legal pot

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

Most Read