Bird Counts

2017 Bird Counts

National Audubon Society’s 117th Christmas Bird Count

The Stuart Christmas Bird Count will be held on Sunday, January 1, 2017. 

 

To keep up with all Stuart CBC meeting dates and other CBC information,

GO TO: “Stuart CBC” on Facebook. 

Feel free to post questions on the page or contact the co-compilers via IM. 

You may also see important dates at https://www.audubonmartincounty.org/p/13/birds#.WAumCnkzUdU then click on the Conservation tab and scroll down.  Visiting birders are invited and encouraged to participate. 

SAVE THIS DATE!  Wednesday, December 14, 2016.   The PRE- CBC participant meeting will be held at the Audubon of Martin County office at 621 Palm Beach Road, Stuart FL. 

 

Count area sections and subsections will be selected and assigned.  We will have the count circle map with subset divisions available for review and selection.  If you were a leader last year or are interested in being a leader this year, please come to this meeting.  At this meeting you can get on a team that counts in areas where you know the birds that prefer that habitat.  

 

This is your opportunity to participate in an international birding event.

 

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a bird count event in which volunteers count all birds within a 15-mile diameter circle and is held annually by the National Audubon Society between December 14 and January 5.  National Audubon Christmas Bird Counts have been held for 117 years. 

 

The Stuart count has been held for over 50 years (with one interruption).  CBC participants, aka counters, will spread out to record every bird of every species within historically specified areas.  For information on the national count results GO TO: http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count.  A brief summary of the genius and early days of Christmas Bird Counts can be found on the National Audubon Society’s webpage here: http://www.audubon.org/conservation/history-christmas-bird-count .

 

The person who organizes a count, called the compiler, tallies the results and enters them on a National Audubon Society (NAS) website accessible by the public.  The Stuart CBC, sponsored by Audubon of Martin County, has its center near downtown Stuart and is divided into about 20 areas, and a different party of observers counts birds within each area.  The number and size of each count subset can be adjusted to meet the number of participants.

 

Last year 96 counters in the Stuart CBC counted 129 individual species recorded with 34,400 individual birds due to the large flocks of white ibis, glossy ibis, tree swallows, yellow-rumped warbler, mourning dove and fish crows. It is always interesting to see the numbers of birds that are here during the winter.  Variations in winter weather conditions in the northern states heavily influence the high species counts each year here in central coastal Florida.

For a summary of all the 2015-2016 Florida counts, by our state compiler, Bill Pranty, GOTO: http://netapp.audubon.org/CBCObservation/Historical/ResultsByCount.aspx# .  You will find each count listed by its individual name in alphabetical order.

Submitted by: Laurie Odlum, lodlum@att.net & Nancy Price, Nprice7047@aol.com

Co-compilers, Stuart Christmas Bird Count

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