By Tom Schultz
The 123rd Audubon Christmas Bird Count season is almost upon us. Hopefully birders everywhere will be flocking to participate!
This annual event is the longest-running citizen science project in our nation, and the accumulated data has provided bird researchers with vast amounts of information about population trends and distribution.
The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology helped to establish many of the more than 100 CBC circles in Wisconsin now coordinated each year by the National Audubon Society. Both WSO and Bird City Wisconsin strongly encourage conservation-minded individuals to participate in one or more counts. And we ALL can contribute -- as an individual, as a part of a field party, or by counting birds at feeders (providing you live within one of the count circles).
The important thing is to find out which count circles are located near you and then to contact the compiler for that area -- to express your interest in participating. You can do this on the Audubon CBC website.
The CBC period runs from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5 each year.