Christ­mas Bird Count

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• Find state and lo­cal CBCs at hous­ /bird­ing/christ­mas-bird -counts. Click on a CBC and vol­un­teer by send­ing an email to the listed ad­dress. If you live within a CBC cir­cle, you may be able to count birds in your yard.

• The orig­i­nal CBC was Dec. 25, 1900, with 27 vol­un­teers in the U.S. and Canada. It was founded by or­nithol­o­gist Frank Chap­man (1864-1945) as an al­ter­na­tive to Christ­mas side-hunts, in which teams of shoot­ers com­peted for the most birds and an­i­mals they could kill — the side-hunt died out while the CBC flour­ished. CBC now in­cludes more than 70,000 vol­un­teers in the U.S., Canada, Latin Amer­ica, the Caribbean and Pa­cific Is­lands.

Dur­ing the Christ­mas Bird Count, vol­un­teer bird­watch­ers will be count­ing all the birds they see in a des­ig­nated count cir­cle in­clud­ing birds like this pine war­bler.

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