CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
COUNT DAY: Saturday December 19, 2020
Join North America's longest-running citizen science program. We are hoping to go ahead with the 2020 count, as long as it remains compatible with public health guidelines for COVID-19.
In addition to the official count, we are offering programs to help new participants join:
Intro to the CBC webinar- Wednesday, November,18, 7 PM
This quick (30 minute) webinar will give you an introduction to the basics of the Christmas Bird Count. This session will be geared toward individuals who have never participated in a count before.
Intro to the most common winter birds in the Annapolis Royal circle webinar- Tuesday, December 8, 7 PM
Using data from previous year's counts, we will introduce you to the most commonly observed winter birds in the Annapolis Royal circle. This session is meant for new or novice birders.
Webinars will be live-streamed via Facebook and recordings made available to re-watch on the CARP website and Facebook page
Learn-to-bird, in-field session- details TBA
We hope to be able to offer a group birding walk, to help new birders practice their identification skills.
Find the count near you, check the Nova Scotia Bird Society website
How can I participate in the count?
The Annapolis Royal circle has been divided into sub-areas, for individuals or small groups conduct surveys
When possible, we aim to pair new birders with experienced CBC participants.
Observation sheets, which include space to record party effort, species, weather, contact information, rare bird reports, etc., will be provided to each team.
There is no fixed amount of time that must be spent on a field survey. We ask that groups try to cover their area as fully as possible.
Anyone living within the Annapolis Royal circle can conduct a feeder watch from home.
There is no set time that must be spent watching the feeder. You can break up the count into a series of small segments. Counts are based on the largest number of any species seen at a single time.
To register as a feeder watcher or for a field count, please use the form below: