For the Birds (Castanet)

For the birds
Castanet Staff - Nov 28, 2016
North America's long-running citizen science project gets underway again in December.

The annual Christmas bird count in Vernon takes place on Dec. 18.

Begun in 1900, “the count focuses on the winter bird population, which is different from summer, as many birds leave our area for warmer climes and other species arrive from the far north,” said Claude Rioux of the North Okanagan Naturalists' Club.

Information is collected by thousands of volunteer participants across North America and is used daily 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 the continent.

The Christmas bird count is completed in a single day within a previously established 24-kilometre diameter area.

The naturalists club is inviting all interested people, new and experience birders, to take part and come equipped with binoculars or a camera.

To take part or for further information contact Peter Blokker, the North Okanagan's Christmas bird count coordinator by email: or telephone 250-545-8297.