Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14 | Environment
Every year tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.
Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves the snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.
From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Count does it for love of birds and the excitement of friendly competition -- and with the knowledge that their efforts are making a difference for science and bird conservation.
Michigan Audubon volunteers participate in both the state and national counts. To become involved in this year’s count, check our count areas and contacts to learn how and where to join the count nearest you.
The Muskegon count will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2011; Grand Rapids count is on Saturday, December 31, 2011; and Holland count is on Monday, January 2, 2012.
CBC Data for 2010-2011 and prior years for all "national" counts can be found on the National Audubon CBC website
CBC Data for 2010-2011 and prior years for all "Michigan-Only" counts is published in print format in Michigan Birds and Natural History, usually in Issue 3 (June-August) following the count.