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Annual Carleton Place Audubon Christmas Bird Count 2011

MVFN sponsors Annual Carleton Place Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

We need both field observers and feeder counters for the annual Carleton Place Christmas Bird Count (includes the area of Almonte)! The Lanark Highlands CBC takes place a few days later on Dec 30th (see upcoming events).

This is an opportunity to contribute to the growing database of information on bird species and populations throughout North America which is used by organizations like Bird Studies Canada and Audubon to protect their environment. Become a citizen scientist for a day and help to record our bird population in the Carleton Place area. If you have counted before, please consider coming out again this year. If you are a novice, come out anyway as the extra pairs of eyes are invaluable. In both cases, we will place you with a team leader, one who knows the local birds.

Dress warmly, bring a hot thermos, and a lunch (unless joining a group lunch in a local pub). Don’t forget your binoculars. There is a cost of $5 per person, unless you are a member of Bird Studies Canada, to help defray the cost of compiling results.

If you can’t come out and observe in the field for the day, you can count all of the birds that come to your feeders from the warmth of your home.

The Carleton Place CBC count area is a 24 km diameter circle centered on the town of Carleton Place and it includes Almonte. The Count is on Tuesday, Dec. 27, and the organizer is Iain Wilkes at 613-257-1126 or

For Carleton Place CBC feeder counting (includes Almonte), contact Georgina Doe at 613-257-2103 or .

At the end of the day, the count teams return to the Community Room upstairs at Steve’s Independent in Carleton Place for the count-in and sharing the results, as well as refreshments, from 4 to 6 pm.