The winter season brings up the Christmas Bird Count. Our club has participated
every year since its inception in September 1950. The Count is the longest running Citizen Science project. The count is based on a 24-km diameter circle centred at John Wise Line and Yarmouth Centre Rd. We count all the birds we see for the day and the lists are compiled and input into the database maintained
by Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York.
The CBC took root over a century ago when 27 birders in 25 localities from Toronto, Ontario to Pacific Grove, California, led by ornithologist Frank Chapman, proposed a conservation-oriented alternative to the traditional ‘side hunt,’ a Christmas Day competition to hunt the most birds and small mammals.
This alternative initiative to identify, count, and record all the birds found on Christmas Day 1900 has turned into one of North America’s longest-running wildlife monitoring programs.
Our count is held on December 26th every year. To volunteer for the count or
just count birds in your backyard please contact Al Sharpe at 226-271-7018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All birders are encouraged to participate.