Counting feathered friends

Counting feathered friends
Kate Bouey - Dec 10, 2017

The annual Christmas Bird Count takes place across North America next Sunday – including in the Okanagan Valley.

Started in 1900, the annual bird count focuses on the winter bird population, different from summer as many birds leave the area for warmer climes and other species arrive from the far north.

In Vernon, the Dec. 17th count is organized by the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club, with all interested people invited to take part.

You can:

join members of the club for the day to count birds in the Vernon area, using either your binoculars or camera. Please contact Peter Blokker – email or telephone 250-545-8297
observe and count the birds at your feeder. For details, contact Peter (above) as soon as possible as the location has to be within a 12 km radius from the middle of Vernon

The information collected by thousands of volunteer participants forms one of the world’s largest set of wildlife survey data and is used by biologists to assess population trends and distribution of birds. The results of all counts are submitted to Bird Studies Canada and collated for all of North America.