The Sault Ste. Marie Bird Count is back for another year! On December 19, 2020, you can help count birds to help us better understand local bird populations. This will be the 65th time this annual tradition has taken place here in Sault Ste. Marie.
The count circle has a 12km radius, centred at the US/Canada border on the International Bridge, so it encompasses both the Ontario and Michigan cities.
This year, we are searching for more feeder watchers to participate. If you have a bird feeder set up in your yard and you have at least a few minutes to spare to count birds throughout the day, please sign up!
Started in 1900, the Christmas Bird Count is North America’s longest-running citizen science project. Counts happen in over 2000 localities throughout the Western Hemisphere. The information collected by thousands of volunteer participants forms one of the world’s largest sets of wildlife survey data. The results are used daily by conservation biologists and naturalists to assess the population trends and distribution of birds throughout North America.
Last year, 60 different bird species were recorded, with a total of 10,110 individual birds.
To sign up to participate or to learn more, please contact Carter Dorscht at [email protected] or 705-297-0677.