Whats Going On
North Berkshire Audubon invites area bird watchers to participate in the 114th national Christmas Bird Count. From December 14 through January 5 tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission – often before dawn. For over one hundred 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.
The NBA Count will be held on Saturday December 21. The 24-hour count period begins at midnight Friday and extends to midnight Saturday.
There are four groups going out in our area; Adams, East Williamstown and North Adams, Central and western Williamstown and South Williamstown.
Teams of at least 2 will visit as many habitats as possible during the day, and also go out owling, to identify as many species and count as many individual birds as possible.
People in the area are also encouraged to track and report birds at their feeders. At the end of the day we will convene at Sheep Hill, the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation’s headquarters in Williamstown, for the count-up potluck.
Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves snow, wind, or rain to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations – and to help guide conservation action. From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Count does it for love of birds and the excitement of friendly competition — and with the knowledge that their efforts are making a difference for science and bird conservation.
North Berkshire Audubon is an informal group that sponsors bird walks and trips throughout the year. For more information about the Christmas Count or NBA, contact Leslie Reed-Evans at 413-458-5150 or at email@example.com.
The beautiful Cedar Waxwing is a year-round resident and commonly seen during the Christmas Bird Count. Photo: Leslie Reed-Evans
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