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Christmas Bird Count: Orilla Verde

About

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the oldest citizen-based bird conservation effort in the Western Hemisphere. Each year, between December 14 and January 5, more than 55,000 volunteers count more than 60 million birds. There are more than 2000 count sites, each within a 15-mile diameter circle. This particular site is in the Dixon/Pilar/Taos area in New Mexico. The regional project has been ongoing since November 2000 and welcomes all ages of volunteers interested in learning about birds. The project is meant to protect species and further research by managing species or sites, monitoring baseline conditions, understanding natural systems, and gathering or classifying data  

 

Location

Carson National Forest 

Dixon/Pilar/Taos area in New Mexico

 

Partners

Rio Embudo Birds

National Audubon Society

 

Accepting Participants

This project is accepting volunteers. The count date is typically mid-December. We meet at the Rio Grande Gorge Visitors Center in Pilar, NM, promptly at 7:45 a.m. Contact Steve Knox to participate.

 

Participant Requirements

  • All ages
  • Must be willing to get up in a cold, December morning before sunrise
  • Beginners are welcomed. Less experienced birders are matched up with more experienced birders
 

Participant Tasks

Counting and identifying bird species with binoculars (some are available on site). Volunteers are divided into five or six groups. Each group has a leader who is capable of identifying every bird in the area by sight and most by sound. Starting at 8:00 am, each group follows a specified route, sometimes driving, sometimes walking. Every bird that is seen is identified and counted. This continues until about 5:00 pm.

Christmas Bird Count: Fajardo area

About

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the oldest citizen-based bird conservation effort in the Western Hemisphere. Each year, between December 14 and January 5, more than 55,000 volunteers count more than 60 million birds. There are more than 2000 count sites, each within a 15-mile diameter circle.

This particular site is in the Fajardo area, Puerto Rico. The regional project welcomes all ages of volunteers interested in learning about birds. The project is meant to protect species and further research by managing species or sites, monitoring baseline conditions, understanding natural systems, and gathering or classifying data  

 

Location

Fajardo area, Puerto Rico, El Yunque National Forest, Luquillo Experimental Forest, and the International Institute of Tropical Forestry 

 

Partners

Sierra Club

National Audubon Society

Fideicomiso de Conservacion de Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Ornithological Society

 

Accepting Participants

This project is recruiting volunteers. Contact Joseph M. Wunderle. On the start date, meet at 5:30 am on rte 191 and intersection rte 988 in front of Catalina Service Center of US Forest Service, just after the enterance to the El Yunque National Forest.

 

Participant Requirements

All ages

 

Participation Tasks

Classification and tagging