UPDATE Wednesday, December 19, 2018: The Numbers are in for Parry Sound’s Christmas Bird Count

The Parry Sound Nature Club and its dedicated group of volunteers will once again be out for the Christmas Bird Count.

Bird counters will first meet at Richard’s Coffee at 119 Bowes Street Saturday, December 15th at 8:00 am.

If you can’t make it to the coffee shop, Christmas Bird Count organizer Steph Romaniuk says you can stay home and be a feeder watcher.

He says if you choose to be a feeder watcher and are in the circle, here are your instructions:

  1. Keep track of how many hours you actively watch your feeders during the day (round up to the nearest half hour).
  2. Keep track of species seen at or around your feeder
  3. Count the number of individuals of each species seen AT ONE TIME (to avoid counting the same bird multiple times).

That’s it!

Dec 14-2018_Christmas Bird Count ONPS_map

Bird Count Map

If a species is not seen on count day (Saturday), but is seen 3 days before or 3 days after, we can include it in our species total –> 3+1+3 = 7 days (count week).
Results can be emailed to me, Steph Romaniuk at smromaniuk@gmail.com.

Parry Sound is one of over  2000 communities across the Western Hemisphere taking part in the event that was first organized by the Audubon Society in 1900.

This is the 26th anniversary of the Nature Club taking part in the annual survey that is overseen by Bird Studies Canada.

The information gathered is sent to BSC and then forwarded to the Audubon Society, providing researchers with valuable information about bird populations and migration patterns.

Last year saw an increase in the bald eagle population rising to a count of 27 from 18 in the previous year.

There were also six-year high counts of wild turkeys and golden-eye ducks, also known as whistlers.

For information on how you can take part go to the Parry Sound Nature Club Facebook page or contact Steph Romaniuk at 1-705-774-9527.