120th Audubon Christmas Bird Count
December 14, 2019
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the oldest and largest citizen science program in the world. It provides valuable information on population dynamics and trends for hundreds of North American bird species that are frequently encountered on count day.
On Saturday, December 14, 2019 the count was held in our area. The Midland Penetanguishene Field Naturalist Club organizes the count with 35 volunteers divided up into 10 areas.
These areas, which are consistent from year to year world wide, are in a circle with a 15 mile radius. Wyebridge is the centre of our count circle. This area encompasses the Wye Marsh and Tiny Marsh.
This day was partly overcast and ranged from -1/+2C. It began snowing around 10:00AM and continued for a lot of the day. The wind was fairly calm and Georgian Bay was open.
The day was successful with 50 different species seen with a total count of 3,349 individual birds. .
After the count the group gathered at the Wye Marsh for a pot luck dinner and a report on their findings. The gift auction capped off the evening with lots of laughter and $300 raised for the McKeever Owl Foundation.
Thanks again to all who took part. Mark your calendars for next year Saturday December 19, 2020.
Midland Penetanguishene Field Naturalist Club
|American Black Duck||15|
|Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)||672|
|American Tree Sparrow||17|
|Total Species Reported||50|