Join the Nature Network for the 124th Christmas Bird Counts

This holiday season, bird enthusiasts are invited to join members of the Nature Network for the 124th Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs).

“There is a strong network of nature groups in Ontario called the Nature Network,” Ontario Nature said in a media release. “These groups do all kinds of wonderful things for nature. This holiday season, at least 52 of those groups are leading Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs).”

The Christmas Bird Count began in 1900, and today it is North America’s longest-running wildlife census, according to the release. Bird lovers of all ages and skill levels are invited to celebrate the 124th CBC by joining one of the many counts happening across Ontario this holiday season.

This year’s CBCs will run from Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, to Friday, Jan. 5, 2024. Visit the Ontario Nature website to find a Nature Network count near you. For a comprehensive list of counts happening across Canada, visit the Birds Canada website. Ontario Nature said there are also some Christmas Bird Counts geared towards kids that are a good way for budding nature lovers to become interested in birding.

“The Nature Network group counts are a fun way to learn more about birds and support their conservation,” Ontario Nature continued. “Count leaders are friendly and inclusive. Whether you are new to birding or have years of experience, you’ll be welcomed. When you join a count, you get outdoors, spend time with other nature lovers and collect data that informs bird conservation.”

According to the release, scientists use the data collected to monitor the health and status of resident and migratory birds over time. This helps develop conservation strategies for species in decline and their habitats. The Christmas Bird Count also teaches community scientists about the myriad bird species that live in, and migrate through, their communities.

All photos taken locally by local photographers and shared on the Kingstonist photo pool Flickr group.

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