Every tally counts toward conservation. - Gary Langham, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Scientist, National Audubon Society
"In 1900, Dr. Frank Chapman proposed a new holiday tradition to help rather than hunt birds. A promising group of conservationists in the forming Audubon movement accepted his challenge. What began with 27 enthusiastic birders and a count of 89 species is now the longest-running citizen science project in the world. Last year marked the 115th year of the Audubon Christmas BirdCount and broke records with 72,653 observers and more than 63 million birds tallied.
This year’s 116th Audubon Christmas Bird Count has begun and will once again gather essential data for shaping our understanding of birds and how we can help them. Fueling conservation work year after year, Christmas BirdCount data has been used as a basis for landmark research such as Audubon’s 2014 Birds and Climate Change Report and reports by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service which help guide bird conservation efforts."
Learn more here about the Audubon Christmas Bird Count or find a count near you!
The 116th CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT for Western Cuyahoga Audubon, west side of Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, Ohio will be held Sunday, December 27, 2015.
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas …” gaah, another Christmas carol in my head.
Not because of the upcoming holidays, but because of the CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT. Leaves are just barely turning color, yet I am thinking ahead to the Christmas Bird Count for the west side of Cleveland which will be held on Sunday, December 27, 2015. This is also known as the Lakewood Count since the center point of our count circle is located in Lakewood, Ohio.
For those familiar or unfamiliar with what a Christmas Bird Count is, it is the longest running “citizen science” project with over 100 years of data. Data collected goes to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s database giving researchers a glimpse of bird species that are around at the end of December.
Each year is different but when data over many years is analyzed trends begin to appear and questions raised. Are the birds hanging around in the winter because the weather has gotten milder? Is food more prevalent? Are species seen where they have not been seen before? Are we just better birders?
Last year the Lakewood Christmas Bird Count tallied 78 species on count day with 2 additional species during count week. I know we can do great things for 2015!
Christmas Bird Count Logistics 2015
It is NOT too early to sign up to participate in the Christmas Bird Count. The portion of the west side this count takes in a lot of the western lakefront going slightly into Lorain County around the Avon Lake, Avon and North Ridgeville, south to the northern border of Strongsville and east to Brooklyn and some of Parma Heights, Ohio.
Some groups or individuals choose to be out early in the morning, some a little later. Some individuals go “owling” in the pre-dawn hours or later that evening.
The Christmas Bird Count is free, but if you would like to make a donation to National Audubon Society to help in compiling the information which will be available electronically only, you may do so at our “thank you” dinner. A catered dinner will be held at the Rocky River Nature Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. that Sunday where we will tally the species and initial numbers.
Please contact Nancy Howell at 440-891-1710 (home) or email, or 216-231-4600 ext. 3225 (work) or email for more information, to sign up for an area and for further information about the “thank you” dinner.
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