Several conservation organizations have hit upon simple ways to turn the observations of casual birders into valuable conservation data. If you enjoy birding, why not also ensure that your hobby helps to preserve your favorite creatures….it really is very simple to become involved. As one who has been involved in this and related programs for years, I can assure you that it is quite gratifying to know that your efforts will be put to practical use in helping to conserve local birds. Enjoy!
The Christmas Bird Count
At 109 years old, the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count is the nation’s longest-running wildlife census. Each year tens of thousands of “citizen scientists” count birds in their neighborhoods and submit their observations to the Audubon Society for use in assessing avian health and population trends. This information has also helped to support the passage of protective legislation for the black duck and several other species, and has been used to document the spread of West Nile Virus and other health hazards.
Bird count data has also been incorporated into two government reports, both of which have direct bearing on future conservation initiatives. Common Birds in Decline has established that populations of many formerly abundant birds have plunged by 65-80% over the past 40 years, while Watchlist 2007 documents 178 mainland and 39 Hawaiian bird species in need of immediate protection.
You can learn how to become involved at:
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