Christmas Bird Counts 2020 – Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists

Christmas Bird Counts 2020 - Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists

(Theme 4 – Habitat)

Organization: Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Annual Event in December


Once again it is the Audubon Christmas Bird Count season! This is the 121th year of Christmas Bird Counts and there are three planned for our area; Rideau Ferry, Carleton Place, and Lanark Highlands. Birders and nature enthusiasts in the three CBCs and surrounding areas can join citizen scientists throughout the world and participate in the Audubon Society’s longest-running wintertime tradition, the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Thousands of individuals participate in counts beyond between December 14 and January 5 each year. Every CBC volunteer is an important contributor, helping to shape the overall direction of bird conservation. Birds Canada and its partner, the National Audubon Society in the United States rely on data from the CBC database to monitor bird populations.

Volunteers are essential to the success of the CBC. You don’t need to be an expert but it helps to be familiar with local bird species. This year will be very different as the counts will need to be done in line with all local health guidelines regards COVID 19. For the count day it means first and foremost no one should participate unless they are showing no symptoms and feel safe doing a day in the field. Secondly, field observers should only share the same vehicle with others if they are safe doing so. Thirdly all participates should have a mask available whenever required. Finally, there will be no count meeting at the end of the day. Instead each coordinator will arrange to distribute the results to participants. For more information or to register for the CBC at any of the 3 count circles please contact one of the following CBC Coordinators:


Contact us:
Count Date CBC Coordinator Contact
Rideau Ferry Dec 19th Alison Bentley
Carleton Place Dec 27th Iain Wilkes
Lanark Highlands Dec 30th Jeff Mills

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Project entered on: November 17, 2020 at 4:18 pm

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