Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
The 116th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will commence nationally December 14, 2015 through January 5, 2016. The Stuart CBC, will be held on Sunday, January 3, 2016. The pre-count meeting is set for Tuesday, December 8 at AOMC office. We invite guest birders to participate.
Follow the CBC Stuart circle on FACEBOOK at “Stuart CBC” for CBC information and last minute updates.
For more than 100 years, in the United states and other countries, birders at all levels, from inexperienced to advanced, have joined together to count the number of birds of each species in a specified area.
There is a specific methodology to the CBC, and all participants must make arrangements to participate in advance, with the circle compiler for the established circle, but anyone can participate.
Each count takes place in an established 15-mile wide diameter circle, and is organized by a count compiler. Count volunteers follow specified routes through a designated 15-mile diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear all day. It's not just a species tally--all birds are counted all day, giving an indication of the total number of birds in the circle that entire day. That does not mean you need to be out all 24 hours. Many participants get up early for Morning song (an hour before sunrise) on their count area through 10 AM or so then take a break and regroup in their count area an hour before sunset to observe the birds returning to roost for the night. Some also stay out for owls and other night birds.
If you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher. Birders of all levels are invited to participate bringing a variety of skills, such as: vehicle driver who knows the local roads, boater w/ local knowledge, bird spotter, statistics recorder, photographer, etc. The more eyes the better.
If your home is within the boundaries of the CBC circle, you can opt to stay at home and report the birds that visit your feeder on count day as long as you have made prior arrangement with the count compiler prior to December 8.