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The 113th Christmas Bird Count
The 113th Christmas Bird Count

The 113th Christmas Bird Count will take place from December 14, 2012 through January 5, 2013. Since the Christmas Bird Count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteer citizen scientists. We volunteers have replaced the hunters of old. We count birds and you’re invited to join us. In other words, it all starts with you! And you are invited to participate this year in the 113th Christmas Bird Counts (CBC). Two Christmas Bird Counts are held in York County ,the York County CBC on Monday the 17th and Biddeford/Kennebunkport CBC on Sunday the 30st.

Each count covers the area within a designated 15 mile diameter circle. Teams of birders search sections of the circle area tallying the total number of birds seen within the circle. The York County Count extends from Moody Beach to Fort Foster where last year we found 87 species. The Biddeford/ Kennebunk Count extends from Parson’s Beach to the Cascades where last year we counted 85 species. You do not have to brave the cold and wind to contribute. You can stay warm and watch your bird feeders. Feeder watchers found new CBC species for us last year.

Each circle is led by a Count Compiler. Therefore, if you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher. In addition, if your home is within the boundaries of a Count Circle, then you can stay home and report the birds that visit your feeders once you have arranged to do so with the Count Compiler. We have lots of fun in the field during the day followed by a gathering of the team members at the compilation where we tally the species seen in the count circle, swap exciting stories from the day’s hunt, and enjoy our supper.

If you are interested in joining a count please contact a Count Compiler: Pat Moynahan at 207-284-5487 for the York County Count and Marie Jordan at 207-799-1408 for the Biddeford/Kennebunkport Count. For more information, please check our website at www.yorkcountyaudubon.org. or log on to www.NationalAudubon.org and choose Christmas Counts.