Snow Day: Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Central Park in the snow, the morning after the Big Storm:

On Sunday, December 20th, I participated in my first Audubon Christmas Bird Count in Central Park.  Don’t know what that is?  Read more about it here and here.

I had planned to go to Riverside Park, but didn’t hear back about where and when the Riverside bird counters were meeting. So I walked through the quiet, still-unplowed streets over to 85th Street at the Reservoir to join the Central Park count. I chose to go out with the group counting birds in the Northwest sector of the park, since that’s as close to my regular beat as I could get.

Had a glorious, joyful time tromping through the ten-plus inches of snow for four hours with a generously informative group of birders.

Our group included an Urban Park Ranger (yes, I still want to be an Urban Park Ranger when I grow up), and several super birders, among them wildlife photographer extraordinaire, D. Bruce Yolton, whose Urban Hawks blog is always worth a visit. His recent post on Central Park’s visiting Great Horned Owl is amazing.

Oh, and you can spot me on Bruce’s site.  Look closely at the first photo of a group of bird counters on the December 20th post: fuchsia scarf and Tibetan hat are identifying field marks.

Every year between December 14th and January 5th, Audubon Christmas Bird Counts are held all over the country.  The data collected spurs conservation efforts and research studies. And it’s a total blast.  Hey, it’s only December 22nd. Depending on where you live, you might still be able to join the 2009 Count. What are you waiting for?


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One Comment on “Snow Day: Audubon Christmas Bird Count”

  1. Charlotte Says:

    How cool to be part of this count–and such an incredible blog for birders (Urban hawks). Now you’ll really have to get a zoom lens!

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