The Christmas Bird Count is a census of birds in the western hemisphere that is held between December 14 and January 5 each winter.
It was devised originally as an alternative to the 19th century tradition of hunting birds at Christmas, and has evolved to become the longest running citizen science project.
There are tens of thousands of participants - seeking out and counting tens of millions of birds each year.
2023 will be the 124th year of the Christmas Bird Count. If you don’t already participate in one, as of this episode’s release in November of 2023, you still have plenty of time to find and join a count local to you.
This episode was recorded while participating in the 102nd Hamilton Christmas Bird Count on December 26th, 2022.
Songbirding is a Songbirding Studios production, and was recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.
The Songbirding cover art (Blackburnian Warbler) is by Lauren Helton: https://tinylongwing.carbonmade.com/projects/5344062
Creative Commons music is by Scott Buckley.
For more information about the Christmas Bird Count, see: https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count
The eBird checklist for the outing this episode was recorded during: https://ebird.org/checklist/S124632617
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