Do you like giving or receiving gifts? I think most of us do. How about this holiday season giving a gift to yourself and participating in the 120th Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 28, 2019! This “gift” is not merely our participation and birding camaraderie, but it is also to collect data and help birds.
By Nancy Howell, Compiler for the Lakewood Circle Christmas Bird Count
Do you like giving or receiving gifts? I think most of us do. How about this holiday season giving a gift to yourself and participating in the 120th Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 28, 2019! This “gift” is not merely our participation and birding camaraderie, but it is also to collect data and help birds. As we all know, birds are a barometer for the health of the environment. A recent report from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, The American Bird Conservancy, and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, found that the continent has nearly three billion fewer birds today than it did 50 years ago … frightening.
News such as this makes Christmas Bird Count data and other bird research so much more important. Not familiar with Christmas Bird Counts? Explore our Audubon Christmas Bird Count Lakewood Circle reports at our Scribd library to learn more. On Saturday, December 28, groups or individuals go out part or all of the day to cover our Circle area called the Lakewood Circle. The area covers much of the western lakefront, into Lorain Co. (Avon Lake, Avon and North Ridgeville, Ohio), south to the northern border of Strongsville, Ohio (Ohio Turnpike is a good boundary reference) and east to Brooklyn and some of Parma Heights, Ohio. The Christmas Bird Count-Lakewood Circle Map 2019 shows locations that need coverage.
Any park, green space or neighborhood are fair game as long as it is the Count Circle. Don’t want to walk? Driving routes to stop and count species at various points may be done OR even keeping track of species coming to your feeder! Novice birder or expert, families and friends, individuals or groups, everyone’s participation is appreciated. Areas that are covered or need coverage are listed in News blog announcement, “120th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count-Lakewood Circle 2019”
Over the years participants have done a fabulous job, but we can always use additional participants. Every bird sighting is important and we need you and the results of your efforts. Please sign up to assist by calling on friends and family, grabbing a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and making a morning or day of it. Please consider contributing a little bit of time to a great event. At the end of the day we’ll gather to tally our results and have a “thank you” dinner. Please contact me to take part in the Christmas Bird Count at Nancy Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440-891-1710.
Thank you - the birds appreciate it!