I hope this message finds you well and ready to count birds on and around Mount Desert Island. I just returned from Cuba so I hope everyone has been thinking about your respective areas.
In preparation for the upcoming 119th Christmas Bird Count, I am contacting the larger birding group in the hope that some of you might like to participate this year. What a better way to spend a day adding to 119 years of citizen science and being outdoors counting all the birds you find. There is a rich history of MDI CBC’s going back to the 30’s, despite the cold and the wind, people have remained dedicated to the concepts of ornithologist Frank Chapman, founder of Bird-Lore which is todays’ Audubon magazine, proposed counting birds on Christmas instead of killing them.
This year’s count date is Saturday December 15, 2018. Please keep track of mileage on foot and by car. Below, I have added “Count Week” information from the CBC website. Do not hesitate to call or email with any questions or concerns. Contact me if you are unsure of where you are should count birds. My cell phone is 207-479-4256.
If the weather should turn bad, please be careful and use common sense about where and how you gather data. Typically, it gets a little chilly around the 15th of December! If anyone would like to hike up one of the taller mountains for Snowy’s, let me know.
After the CBC, please try to send your final numbers to me as quickly as possible.