Over a Century of Tradition Christmas Bird Count

Seattle, Washington

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The National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count is a nationwide survey of birds that began in 1900 and hasn’t missed a year since. Join this birders’ holiday tradition and help collect important data. Even if you’ve never done this before, don’t be intimidated. Birders of all levels are welcome to join in; experts are mixed with beginners. The sample area for each group is a circle 15 miles in diameter in which all bird species and number of individual birds positively seen or heard are counted. Some groups carpool in caravans, stopping at prescribed intervals to count and retreating to warm vehicles when necessary. Some use the count as a nice excuse to visit a favorite habitat and share the experience with fellow birders. All groups come back to recount their experiences, to share humorous stories of their day, and to debate identifications of unusual birds. It is a day of fellowship, scientific contributions, and fun.
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by Sunny Walter & Janet O'Mara (Falcon Guides)

The National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count is a nationwide survey of birds that began in 1900 and hasn’t missed a year since. Join this birders’ holiday tradition and help collect important data. Even if you’ve never done this before, don’t be intimidated. Birders of all levels are welcome to join in; experts are mixed with beginners. The sample area for each group is a circle 15 miles in diameter in which all bird species and number of individual birds positively seen or heard are counted.

Some groups carpool in caravans, stopping at prescribed intervals to count and retreating to warm vehicles when necessary. Some use the count as a nice excuse to visit a favorite habitat and share the experience with fellow birders. All groups come back to recount their experiences, to share humorous stories of their day, and to debate identifications of unusual birds. It is a day of fellowship, scientific contributions, and fun.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Seattle
Duration: Up to 24 hours
Best Times: December 14 to January 5
Local Contacts: Audubon Society
Driving Directions: Directions to Over a Century of Tradition: Christmas Bird Count

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