This is the 115th year for Christmas bird counts. Christmas bird counts were started in 1900 with just 27 dedicated birders in 25 locations. From there they have grown and grown! There are now Christmas bird counts at over 2300 locations, and tens of thousands of people volunteer their time to help out.
|Western bluebird looking for yew berries to help get him though the winter|
The amazing wealth of knowledge collected during Christmas bird counts by citizen scientists helps reveal long term trends in populations over huge areas.This is something scientists would be unable to document without the amazing outpouring of public support and enthusiasm during Christmas bird counts.
|Trumpeter Swans on a frozen lake|