The Christmas Bird Count is now in its 121st year. That makes it the longest-running citizen scientist project in North America, if not the world!
The best part? You can join in! This year’s count takes place from Monday, Dec. 14, to Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. Use the link below to participate by joining a count circle.
Be sure to email the circle’s compiler, using the contact information provided, to check for openings as well as COVID-19 safety measures. Additionally, this year you have the option of contributing as a feeder watcher right from your home if you live inside a count circle. Birding is one of the best socially distanced activities there is for getting outside and enjoying our wildlife, and the data you contribute will help researchers across the world understand bird population changes, movements, range shifts and species interactions.
Everglades is one of the birdiest units in the National Park Service because of our many resident wading bird species, resident and migrant birds of prey, migrant songbirds and shorebirds that pass through in the spring and fall or spend the winter. With the start of the dry season approaching, more and more birds will be seen in the park from now through April, when lower water levels and easier access to food causes birds to congregate in mass numbers. Regardless of your birding experience level, now is an excellent time to get out and appreciate Everglades bird life!
Map of active Christmas Bird Count circles: audubon.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html.