The Lanark Highlands Christmas Bird Count (LHCBC)
Friday, December 30, 2011
The Lanark Highlands Christmas Bird Count (LHCBC) is on for the 9th year, Friday, December 30. The LHCBC, sponsored by MVFN, is a Bird Studies Canada project and part of the larger Audubon CBCs all over North America (and now South America) . It is the largest bird census ever, to collect statistical data on bird species locations and numbers in the ongoing effort to increase our understanding of bird populations and to support conservation of wildlife. The count depends on volunteers to become citizen scientists for a day by recording the numbers and species of birds seen either at their feeders or with teams out in the field on the count day.
What is involved for those volunteers wishing to participate?
1) Basic knowledge of local bird species is helpful of course, however, beginners are welcome as they will be matched with more experienced birders.
2) For feeder watchers within the count circle, a willingness to count the birds at your feeders that day. At the end of the day all the feeder counts are collected via telephone. Call Marj Montgomery (613-259-3078) to register for the feeder count.
3) For field teams observers, a willingness to commit to a day in the field as part of a team locating, identifying and counting birds within a well-defined subsection of the count circle. You will be assigned to one of four team leaders.
The field observers usually go to Lanark Landing Restaurant in Lanark Village for lunch and the end-of-day ‘count-in’ takes place at Royal Canadian Legion hall, Lanark Village, starting at roughly 4 to 5:30 P.M. Refreshments are provided at the count-in.
Field observers are asked to pay a fee of $5.00 to help defray costs of compiling the results. Members of Bird Studies Canada are free.