Christmas Bird Count
• Find state and local CBCs at houstonaudubon.org /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.