Now in its 114th year, the Christmas Bird Count is a bird census that occurs across North America between December 14 and January 5. The count is administered by the National Audubon Society who partners with Bird Studies Canada. The North American count is made up of regional counts, each run over a 24-hour period and within a 24 kilometre diameter circle. These counts are conducted by volunteer birders who set out, binoculars in hand, to track species and numbers of birds either seen or heard throughout the day. The submitted results contribute to a data set more than a century old that provides information on the long-term health of bird populations across the continent.
There are counts going on across the province, but here are details for a few of the counts occurring in Ontario Parks:
Every March, the sap flows from trees and birds begin their journey north making pit stops at parks along the lower Great Lakes. The weather is milder allowing for more outdoor play. Special March Break events for 2013 are planned in many Ontario Parks including a maple syrup festival, a fun cross-country ski touring event and two big birding festivals. Guided hikes and natural heritage activities are planned for March weekends in select Ontario Parks across the province. Continue reading 2013 March Break events at Ontario Parks