The Eastside Audubon Society will hold its annual Christmas Bird Count on December 16. Each year on a Saturday in December, Eastside Audubon arranges teams of volunteers to survey bird populations throughout the Eastside. Areas surveyed encompass a large area from Lake Sammamish to the Snoqualmie Valley to Marymoor Park and areas in between.
Unlike a birding field trip, this event will consist of fast moving volunteer groups whose goal to provide census data on birds heard and seen in various areas. This information is combined with that of others across the America’s to provide information on species distribution, climate change, and the health of bird populations. Since the original Christmas Bird Count started in 1900, scientists and conservationist have been able to use this information, along with that of other surveys, to assess long term trends affecting bird populations.
Eastside Audubon is looking for people who would like to participate by serving on a team during the all-day event. Although you don’t have to be an expert, some birding experience is helpful. To participate as part of a team, visit https://eastsideaudubon.org/conservation/citizen-science/christmas-bird-count-1/CBC-teams.
“This is a unique experience to participate in real science that is being used to see how species are adapting to profound changes in our environment like habitat loss and climate change,” says Executive Director Tereza Marks.