Christmas Bird Count 2013

History of the Christmas Bird Count

Robin with wings spread with Crabapple berry in mouth. ©Townsend P. Dickinson All Rights Reserved.

Robin with wings spread with Crabapple berry in mouth. ©Townsend P. Dickinson All Rights Reserved.

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 National 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 information about the Westport CT CBC Christmas Bird Count Click below.

Westport CT Christmas Bird Count 2013
Backyard Birds Feeder Form 2013

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