January 4: Christmas Bird Count, Savannah & Tybee Area

TYBEE ISLAND, Georgia (December 16, 2013) — Stay at Tybee Island’s Lighthouse Inn for the 114th Christmas Bird Count [CBC]– Saturday, January 4, 2014. You’ll be near Georgia’s Colonial Birding Trail on Tybee Island’s north beach.

Field birders and novice bird watchers will participate throughout the United States.

“During the CBC, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas participate in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission – often before dawn, to survey wintering bird species in a sector of their town’s 15-mile diameter “count circle”.  Each of the citizen scientists who often braves cold, wind, or rain to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation.  Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations – and to help guide future conservation action.  From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Count does it for love of birds and the excitement of friendly competition — and with the knowledge that their efforts are making a difference for science and bird conservation.

We are looking for volunteers to assist with these counts.  In addition to skilled birders, we need drivers and list-keepers who can give us the better part of their day to be out in the field.  We are also looking for folks who will watch their backyard feeders for a portion of the morning and report their sightings to us.  If you would like to participate, please contact Dot Bambach at dotbam@bellsouth.net or 912-598-3764.” — Source: Savannah Ogeechee Audubon

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