NNYA participates in Christmas Bird Counts (CBC), a citizen science project organized by the National Audubon Society. From December 14 through January 5 volunteers across the country help get a snap shot of the bird population. The first CBC was in 1900 and was the idea of ornithologist Frank Chapman. There were 25 counts done that first year. In recent years the number of counts has been over 1,800. Six circles are in the Northern New York region and we encourage members and non-members alike to participate in the Christmas Bird Counts. No experience is necessary and it is a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors during the holidays. Contact one of the Christmas Bird Countcompilers below to participate in this year’s count.
Audubon’s 117th Annual Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 17th. The Ferrisburgh count circle includes a swath of Lake Champlain shoreline as far west as Route 22. For information contact John & Pat Thaxton: JPThax5317@aol.com or (518) 576-4232.
Sunday, December 18th. The count circle is centered on Route 9 just south of the entrance to the former Plattsburgh Air Base. As the participants in this count do not meet before dispersing to their territories, to arrange for a territory contact Michael B. Burgess @ (518) 564-5277 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, December 18th. If you are interested in participating in this year’s count, please contact Pat & John Thaxton at: email@example.com or (518) 576-4232. There will be a festive count dinner at a location to be announced
Saranac Lake, NY
Sunday, January 1st. What a great way to start the new year! This will be the 61st year of this count, which is centered in Ray Brook and includes the villages of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Bloomingdale. Interested potential participants should email or call Larry Master (firstname.lastname@example.org, (518) 645-1545) to indicate their availability to participate in this year’s count. New participants are welcome and past participants should indicate your willingness to cover the same territory they have covered in the past, or interest in covering a different territory. Shortly before count day a list of territories and maps, based on responses to this announcement and telephone conversations, will be emailed to participants. A count compilation and dinner get-together will be held from 4-7 pm at a location to be announced.