"On Sunday, December 16, I took part in the Christmas Bird Count, or CBC for short. The CBC is the longest running citizen science project, started in 1900 by ornithologist Frank M. Chapman. Around this time, hunters, birders, and scientists began noticing a decline in the number of birds. As a senior member of the Audubon Society at the time, Chapman proposed a ‘Christmas Bird Census’ as a new tradition. Twenty counts were completed, mostly in northeastern North America, including one in Toronto. Twenty-seven people counted ninety species of birds that first year.
Next Christmas, I’d like to put Hornepayne on the CBC map and I need your help. I’ll be looking for people with active birdfeeders to tally their sightings during the CBC. Or, I can include your bird feeder as one of my stops as I travel around town on foot. Leading up to the Hornepayne CBC, I would love to know if you have had any interesting sightings that I can followup with on count day. If you’re interested in volunteering for the CBC, either on foot, as a feederwatcher, or traveling within the count circle, please email me at email@example.com ." Excerpt from the Bird Nerd Column featured in Wicksteed Weekly Volume 3, Issue 1. #BirdNerd #WeeklyColumn #NewspaperColumn #birdsofcanada #birdsofontario #birdsofnorthernontario #birdwatching #birdwatcher #WicksteedWeekly #Hornepayne #ontario #canada #communitynewspaper #community #newspaper #ChitteCreekPublishing