Christmas Bird Count History 2016

Flock of Robin's. Rresidental backyard. @Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

Flock of Robin’s. Residental backyard. @Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

History of the Christmas Bird Count Prior to the turn of the century, people engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas “Side Hunt”: They would choose sides and go afield with their guns; whoever brought in the biggest pile of feathered (and furred) quarry won.

Conservation was in its beginning stages around the turn of the 20th century, and many observers and scientists were becoming concerned about declining bird populations. Beginning on Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman, an early officer in the then budding Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition-a “Christmas Bird Census”-that would count birds in the holidays rather than hunt them.

So began the Christmas Bird Count. Thanks to the inspiration of Frank M. Chapman and the enthusiasm of twenty-seven dedicated birders, twenty-five Christmas Bird Counts were held that day. The locations ranged from Toronto, Ontario to Pacific Grove, California with most counts in or near the population centers of northeastern North America. Those original 27 Christmas Bird Counters tallied around 90 species on all the counts combined.

For detailed information about the Westport CT CBC Christmas Bird Count 2016 Click here. Backyard Birds Feeder PDF list Click Here. Christmas Bird Count Attire Click Here

The First Christmas Bird Count was on December 25, 1900. About 18,500 individual birds and 27 total participants Cumulative bird species list: 89 species total. 

Counts conducted in first Christmas Bird Count: 25 total counts

  1. Scotch Lake, York County, New Brunswick
  2. Toronto, Ontario
  3. Keene, New Hampshire
  4. Belmont and Cambridge, Massachusetts
  5. Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts
  6. Winchester, Massachusetts
  7. Bristol, Connecticut 
  8. Norwalk, Connecticut 
  9. Auburn to Owasco Lake, New York
  10.  Central Park, New York City, New York
  11. Englewood, New Jersey                                                                                                                  
  12. Moorestown, New Jersey 
  13. Newfield, New Jersey                                                                                                                          
  14. Baldwin, Louisiana
  15. Pueblo, Colorado                                                                                                                                      
  16. Germantown, Pennsylvania
  17. Wyncote, Pennsylvania                                                                                                                           
  18. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
  19. Oberlin, Ohio                                                                                                                                       
  20. Glen Elyn, Illinois 
  21. North Freedom, Sauk County, Wisconsin 
  22. La Grange, Missouri                                                                                                                             
  23. Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California 
  24. Neshaminy Creek & Upper Delaware River, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  25. Delaware River Meadows, Tinicum Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania

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