For the 60th straight year, the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society will join chapters across the country and in North/South America, Hawaii, and the Caribbean to take part in the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. The CBC is one of the many ways Audubon helps scientists, researchers and the interested public keep track of bird populations. Variations in the presence and numbers of species in widespread locales provide an important window onto the effects of climate, human activity and other factors that affect avian breeding and migration. On top of that, hauling out the binoculars and getting together with birdwatchers, in one of our local “wild” areas, to see what we can see, is always a lot of satisfying fun.
To get a comprehensive indication of the health of bird population in the valley, we need plenty of counters. Extensive birding experience is not a prerequisite, only possession of a pair of binoculars and a willingness to come out and count—wind, rain, or shine.
If you can’t come to a guided counting location, you can do your counting “solo.” Click here to go to our Christmas Bird Count page to learn more, including maps, times and contact information. Be part of the Audubon Society’s mission of protecting birds and their habitat!