Seek­ing bird watch­ers for Christ­mas Bird Count

The Victoria Standard - - Environment - IN­GO­NISH

Call­ing all bird lovers and out­door en­thu­si­asts! The an­nual Christ­mas Bird Count is just around the cor­ner. This is a great op­por­tu­nity to join friends and neigh­bours in spot­ting birds and helping out the an­nual bird count across the coun­try. New to bird­ing? No prob­lem. The Parks Canada team and bird ex­perts will be on hand to help. If you spot them, we’ll help you iden­tify them. Join us in In­go­nish on De­cem­ber 17 and in Chéti­camp on De­cem­ber 18 and help us dur­ing this Year of the Bird!

Parks Canada is pleased to lead these two sur­veys. Birds are an im­por­tant part of our ecosys­tem and this an­nual sur­vey is an op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with out­door en­thu­si­asts to do some com­mu­nity-based science and help iden­tify trends in the bird com­mu­nity. Ac­cord­ing to Bird Stud­ies Canada, “the Christ­mas Bird Count is North Amer­ica's longest-run­ning Ci­ti­zen Science project. Counts hap­pen in over 2000 lo­cal­i­ties throughout the Western Hemi­sphere.”

To reg­is­ter or learn more about the Christ­mas Bird Count, vol­un­teers can con­tact Jared Tomie at 902-285-3001 or jared. [email protected] If pos­si­ble, please reg­is­ter be­fore Dec. 12.

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