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Natural Highlights: The Christmas Bird Count

 

The Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running citizen science program in the country.  In 1900, bird-lovers decided to change the holiday tradition of shooting as many birds as possible to simply counting live ones instead.  Birders have since come together every December for 115 years to identify the birds in their vicinity in order to keep track of the distribution and abundance of bird species. It's not too late to participate in one or more counts led by Tennessee Ornithological Society members.  It's a great way to learn more about birds and make an important contribution.

More information is available at the following links:

Christmas Bird Count Information

History of the Christmas Bird Count

Tennessee Ornithological Society, Memphis Chapter

Posted by Cathy Justis at 6:43 PM