Annual survey helps track population trends, potential threats
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Experienced birders and novices alike are invited to join in one of the longest-running citizen science surveys in the world — the 114th annual Christmas Bird Count, set this year for Dec. 14 through Jan. 5, 2014.
SUMMIT COUNTY — The annual Christmas bird count — the longest running citizen science project on record — is under way, and in early reports from Colorado, observers are seeing plenty of diversity but lower numbers than in some past years. To find out how to get involved in your area, visit this Audubon Society web page.
“We documented 127 species at Pueblo Reservoir, which is two short of the all time record. The total number of birds, however, was down,” said Leon Bright, membership coordinator for the Arkansas Valley Audubon Society. Bright said the same trend was observed in the Wet Mountain Valley count near Westcliffe. “The lower number of birds might be related to the drought conditions,” he said. Continue reading “Biodiversity: Annual Christmas bird count under way”→
Annual event helps track bird populations around the state
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado children are not the only ones looking forward to the holiday season. Birders across the state are gearing up for two of the high points of the birding year, the Christmas bird count and the mid-winter waterfowl survey.
Thousands of people across the Western Hemisphere participate in the annual Christmas bird count, a grassroots effort to tally bird species from Canada to South America that traces its origins back over 100 years. Colorado birders are no exception. From December 14 through January 5, volunteers will take to the field with binoculars and notebooks as they track bird populations around the state in one of the longest-running citizen science projects in United States history.