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Join us for the Annual 118th Audubon - Monroe County (Erie Shores Birding Assn)
Christmas Bird Count
Saturday December 16th all day!
What is the CBC? – It is the largest conservation effort known to mankind! Over 50,000 bird observers across the Western Hemisphere count as many species and individual birds as they can within a 24-hour period (midnight to midnight).
Why is it important? – The count period of mid-December to early January marks the end of the fall
migration and provides an opportunity to monitor trends in early winter bird populations.
History – On Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman proposed a “Christmas Bird Census” as an
alternative to the annual Christmas Side Hunt, where people engaged in contests to see who could shoot the most birds and bring in the largest pile of feathers. Thanks to his efforts, the first CBC was conducted by 27 birders in 25 count circles ranging from Toronto, ON to Pacific Grove, CA. Total species for the entire count was 90.
Today – Over 50,000 birders participate in over 1,700 counts in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Pacific Islands.
Objective – Participants try to cover as much of the circle as possible within a 24-hour period, counting individual birds and species within their assigned section. At the end of the day results are tallied and compiled into a master list, which is then sent to the national database.
Monroe – The count has been conducted in Monroe County for over 35 years and ESBA has hosted the count for the last 20+ years.
Where is the Monroe Count Circle? – The center of our count area is the junction of M-125 and Woodchuck Creek near LaSalle. The count circle is 15 miles in diameter (~177 mi2) and is divided into 8 sections. How do we compare? – In 2006, the Monroe Count produced 82 species, the highest number in the State! Each year we rank among the top 2-3 counts in terms of numbers of species and individuals.
See http://jerryjourdan3.blogspot.com/ for the results of the 40-year study of CBC data for Monroe County.
Cost? – There is no longer any fee to participate: national results are no longer printed and mailed, but will be available online.
Where do we meet afterward? – We’ll meet up at the Michigan Bar and Grill, 1140 S. Monroe Street, Monroe, 48117 (734) 243-6690 @ 5 pm. We’ll tally results and have dinner (your expense). Everyone is invited, ESBA members and guests! contact Jerry if you would like to participate.
CONTACT INFO: Please call (734) 552-6914
or email email@example.com
Please Note: If you were an area leader last year, let Jerry know if you can repeat this year. Also Note: If you find yourself available to participate at the last minute, don’t hesitate to call Jerry; he’ll be happy to add you to a team!
Our membership meetings will resume on the 3rd Wednesday of January 2018
and continue through April, 2018
We meet in the Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Road, Life Science Building (large ‘L’ on exterior of building), room 201. For ease of access, there is an elevator as well as a second entrance to the classroom which contains no stairs.
A brief membership meeting discussion precedes the presentation and our meetings are always FREE! Light refreshments are served. Please bring a friend, neighbor, fellow birder or family member to this wonderful presentation! If you'd like to join our club, individual memberships are $20/year and family memberships are $25/year to support the wildlife conservation efforts we participate in!