The Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count is spoonsored by the BLM Kanab Field Office and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Kanab Field Office. All of the local bird counts would be listed on Utahbirds.org close to the event date.
Between December 14, 2016 and January 5, 2017, scores of volunteer birders and nature enthusiasts will take part in the longest running wildlife census on the planet. The annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is organized by the National Audubon Society and the data compiled are used to track the health of bird populations at a scale that professional scientists could never accomplish alone.
While the ultimate goal of participating in a count is to tally a sample of the birds, the natural competitive spirit of birders is what drives them to do the most thorough job possible. CBCs have become a treasured holiday tradition, a reunion with birding friends and a way to play a small part in a big conservation picture. The growing combined pool of contributed sightings helps researchers understand how birds are faring in a way that ornithologist, Frank Chapman, could never have conceived of back in 1900 when he organized a small band of twenty-seven dedicated birders to conduct the first-ever CBC!
This event is free and is open to birders of all skill levels. If you are a beginner, you will be able to join a team that includes experienced birders. If you are unable to join a field team and you live within the boundaries of a count circle, you can make arrangements with the coordinator to stay home and report the birds that visit your feeders.
Information on over thirty counts held in Utah can be found at www.utahbirds.org. Locally we have counts at Bryce,,Escalante, Kanab, Boulder, and Glen Canyon.
Visit the NAS website, www.audubon.org, for a wealth of information on CBCs
For our local count in Kanab,meet at the Kanab BLM office (435 644-1200) 669 S Highway 89 A . December 16th. We will hand out forms, and get routes lined out then head to the field.
Contact – Lisa Church at (435)644-1273..
669 South Highway 89A