Citizen Science Projects

Finding the birds is often more challenging than counting them. This Eastern Screech Owl blends quietly into a tree cavity. Photo Vic Prislipsky

Finding the birds is often more challenging than counting them. This Eastern Screech Owl blends quietly into a tree cavity.
Photo Vic Prislipsky

 

Christmas Bird Count  

It's a simple thing. Count birds for one entire day, identify species, tally results and report to a national monitor - along with thousands of other citizens. Repeat the process annually for over a century.

That's Christmas Bird Count, the nation's longest-running citizen science bird project.  

The CBC data fuels Audubon science and environmental issues throughout the year, with a vast collection of information about early winter bird populations. Ornithologists and conservationists recognize the value of the work done by CBC observers and resulting studies have produced over 200 significant articles. Further, Audubon shares CBC data with U.S. federal agencies to help them form the basis for important decisions about birds.  

So, yes, this is important work.

HSV Audubon participates in the Christmas Bird Count in mid December
See Calendar of Events 
for this year's date and plans, including a nice dinner to summarize our numbers and celebrate our work.


2016 Christmas Bird Count (CBC) Report

By Chris Cash,
Past President & CBC Chair

CBC 2016 was another great event. The count took place on Wednesday, December 14th.   Approximately 40 folks went into the field, and over 20 counted at their feeders. It was a brisk and overcast day - good for viewing birds.  

We ended up with 81 identified species, and unidentified sparrow, hawk and duck species.  Our total was 5189 birds.  Both numbers and species were up from 2015.  High species count went to the American Coot at 525.  Next five highest counts were American Goldfinch (413), Dark-eyed Junco (362), White-throated Sparrow (234), Eastern Bluebird (227), and American Robin (214).  A Summer Tanager, our only rare bird, was identified by Diane Condon.

The results dinner was held at Johnna's at The DeSoto Club on Thursday, December 15th.  A good time was had by all.  Thanks to all the team leaders and participants.  Special thanks go to Keith Salisbury.  This was his last year as team leader, but he will continue to help with the computer compilation.  Angela and John Taylor will take over Keith's team.

The 2017 CBC will be held Monday, December 18th.  Put it on your calendar now!


Great Backyard Bird Count & Project Feeder Watch

This Dark-eyed Junco is watching you, too! Photo Vic Prislipsky

This Dark-eyed Junco is watching you, too! Photo Vic Prislipsky

It's easy, fun, free and beneficial. Join HSV Audubon, the National Audubon Society and Cornell University in another citizen science activity, the Great Backyard Bird Count or Project FeederWatch

"Participants can explore real-time maps and charts that show what others are reporting during and after the count.
Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded."   - National Audubon Society

Recent observations have helped scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology discover a correlation between snowfall and robin distribution: They don't like snow covers of more than 5 inches. 

You can find other citizen science projects at
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

For more information about birds, the landscape and the environment, check out National Audubon Society, the EPA and
the American Bird Conservancy.


Fun for everyone - novice to expert.