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123rd Christmas Bird Count
123rd Christmas Bird Count

Sun, Jan 01


Jonathan Dickinson State Park

123rd Christmas Bird Count

The nation's longest-running community science bird project fuels Audubon's work throughout the year.

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Time & Location

Jan 01, 2023, 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM EST

Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound, Florida

About The Event

Prior to the turn of the 20th century, hunters engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas "Side Hunt." They would choose sides and go afield with their guns—whoever brought in the biggest pile of feathered (and furred) quarry won.

Conservation was in its beginning stages in that era, and many observers and scientists were becoming concerned about declining bird populations. Beginning on Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank M. Chapman, an early officer in the then-nascent Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition—a "Christmas Bird Census" that would count birds during the holidays rather than hunt them.

So began the Christmas Bird Count. Thanks to the inspiration of Chapman and the enthusiasm of 27 dedicated birders, 25 Christmas Bird Counts were held that day. The locations ranged from Toronto, Ontario to Pacific Grove, California with most counts in or near the population centers of northeastern North America. Those original 27 Christmas Bird Counters tallied around 90 species on all the counts combined.

Contact Peter Quincey, for details on how to get involved!

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