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Rideau Ferry Christmas Bird Count

Rideau Ferry Christmas Bird Count

The Rideau Ferry CBC will take place on Saturday December 19, 2015. The count area is a 24 km diameter circle centered on Rideau Ferry, and includes the town of Perth, most of Smith’s Falls, several conservation areas, and Murphy’s Point Provincial Park. A variety of habitats ranging from wetlands and open fields to dense woodlands are found within the circle. The Rideau Ferry CBC returns this year, not a new count, but newly sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists.

The Rideau Ferry CBC organizers are looking for additional field observers to go out with the field teams to count birds.  Both experienced and less experienced birders are welcome to help.  If you are interested in becoming part of a field team, please contact the Rideau Ferry CBC Coordinator Rosemary Anderson at or Compiler Alison Bentley at as soon as possible.

Also, if you live in the count circle and have bird feeders you can keep an close eye on for December 19, you can become part of the feeder count. Full instructions are provided.  Please contact Feeder Count Coordinator Judy Buehler at to register. Counting birds at feeders is a very important part of the survey, as often there are birds which show up at these winter food sources but are not recorded elsewhere.

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 Bald Eagle, winter 2014. photo by Susan Wilkes

Results from the day’s observations will be compiled at a potluck supper in Perth and later will be sent to Bird Studies Canada and the National Audubon Society.  Christmas Bird Counts take place all over the Western Hemisphere and are vital in providing an accurate assessment of the health of wintering populations of birds.  The over 70,000 volunteers taking part in the counts can track bird populations on a much larger scale than scientists alone can hope to do.

 If you can help us do our part in this important citizen science project, please contact one of the coordinators listed above.  Looking forward to seeing you on December 19th!