As this is being written, leaves, rather than snow, are falling. Before long we will be in the midst of Christmas Bird Count season with the Lakewood (west side) Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by Western Cuyahoga Audubon, taking place on Saturday, December 30, 2017.
By Nancy Howell, Compiler for the Lakewood Circle Christmas Bird Count
As this is being written, leaves, rather than snow, are falling. Before long we will be in the midst of Christmas Bird Count season with the Lakewood (west side) Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by Western Cuyahoga Audubon, taking place on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Not familiar with Christmas Bird Counts? Check out the following link for details on the Lakewood Circle at Western Cuyahoga Audubon News here.
On this day and this day only, groups or individuals go out part or all of the day to cover the Circle areas. Any park or green space and even walk around neighborhoods are fair game. A list of areas that are covered or need coverage are listed in the link.
The Christmas Bird Count is more than a tally of species or out having fun with others in a group while birding. Certainly the Count should be fun and a great time to socialize, but realize that the information that is gleaned is useful data. A recent scan through the list of scientific publications that are about Christmas Bird Counts or specific research about birds with data from Counts is long.
Population trends, such as the growth of the House Finch population, gulls on Lake Erie, eruptive species and more. Read more at National Audubon Society. In addition, The Ohio Cardinal, a publication of the Ohio Ornithological Society, and the Cleveland Bird Calendar from the Kirtland Bird Club, both publish Christmas Bird Count data from Ohio counts.
The data collected may answer questions, such as, have woodpecker populations increased due to the number of dead ash trees? Questions on West Nile Virus and its effect on American Crow and Blue Jay populations, or are we truly seeing greater numbers of certain bird species that have been rare in the past due to warmer winters? So the Christmas Bird Count is more than a birdwalk, it is Citizen Science.
As the compiler for the Lakewood Circle, everyone’s participation is appreciated; from tallying numbers at feeders, to birding through whatever weather comes that day. Those participating in the past have done a wonderful job but we can always use more participants. Every bird sighting is important and we want and need you and the results of your efforts.
Please sign up to assist. Call on friends and family. Stop for some coffee or hot chocolate and make a morning of it. I hope you can contribute to a great event. Please contact me, Nancy Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-891-1710 Thank you - the birds appreciate it.