In this issue: Full results of the 113th CBC, which citizen science project is right for me?, Thank you from Daid Yarnold and more.

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NOV 2013



113th Christmas Bird Count: Full Results Available

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[Video] Fledging a New Generation of Birders

Kids who bird

Kids who bird. (Video still)

Perhaps our greatest challenge as conservationists is to pass on to our children a love of birds and a commitment to saving them.

Baton Rouge Audubon’s Jane Patterson has launched “Kids Who Bird,” a birding program for youth ages 9-16.

Young people are not only the future of conservation; they are a source of hope and inspiration for birders of all ages. The unguarded enthusiasm young birders display is a heartwarming reminder of why we do what we do, year after year.

There’s an old Zen saying that “in the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few.” This three-minute video is a rare treat—an opportunity to see the world of birds through the joyous eyes of beginners. Watch Now→

Yellow-throated Warbler

This Yellow-throated Warbler was spotted on the San Francisco Christmas Bird Count in 2011. (Photo by Calvin Lou/San Francisco, CA CBC)

After Three Decades, a Compiler Looks Back

Did you ever wonder what exactly a Christmas Bird Count compiler does? Dan Murphy has been a co-compiler of the San Francisco Christmas Bird Count since 1983. Compilers are literally and figuratively at the center of the nearly 2,400 count circles that make up the modern CBC. Dan’s short diary offers a glimpse into the demanding life of a compiler. The job entails much more than counting. A compiler must juggle the varying needs and skill levels of count participants and then translate their efforts into a dataset that scientists can use to map future conservation priorities. Part analyst, part cheerleader, part commander—it’s a big job. And the only income is psychological. Read More→

Common Redpoll

Common Redpolls were spotted more frequently and further south than normal during the 113th CBC. (Photo by Leonard Medlock/Lee-Durham, NH CBC)

The Full Story of the 113th Christmas Bird Count

We are pleased to announce that final results from the 113th CBC are now available online. Among the highlights:

A record-smashing 71,454 participants counted in 2,369 circles. It probably helped that for the first time in decades, participation was free.

Huge southward movements of winter finches, including Red Crossbills, White-winged Crossbills, and Common Redpolls.

Record movement of Razorbills (a puffin relative) to southern waters, including hundreds off the coast of Florida where sightings of even a single Razorbill is extremely rare.

Explore the full dataset and count summaries here→

CBC Counters

Counters at Bog Hole in Arizona during the 113th CBC. (Photo by Carla Stanley/CBC)

Thank You from Audubon CEO David Yarnold

You're breaking new ground. There has never been a larger, more passionate or diverse community of citizen scientists working under Audubon's umbrella. From birding with you across the hemisphere to talking with you at Chapter meetings, I know how passionate you are and there's only one thing I can say: thanks.
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Eastern Bluebirds

Eastern Bluebirds during the Christmas Bird Count. (Photo by: Danny Brown/CBC)

Which Citizen Science Program is Right for Me?

Participating in bird counts is one of the most meaningful and rewarding things a bird enthusiast can do. Check out this handy guide to Audubon’s citizen science programs including the Christmas Bird Count, Great Backyard Bird Count and Hummingbirds at Home. No matter what your level of experience or how much time you have, there’s a program perfectly suited for you.
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Getting Started

Online Guide to Winter Bird Feeding

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker.(Photo by Abigail Batchelder/Flickr Creative Commons)

Renowned Audubon ornithologist Steve Kress offers tips and advice for making your backyard a haven for overwintering birds. Kress covers feeder types, feeder placement and the best foods for birds when the weather gets chilly. Here’s the bottom line if you’re just getting started: focus on tube feeders and black oil sunflower seeds. Read more→

Additional Resources

Everything you need to know to start feeding birds.

Critical tips for putting your feeders in just the right spot.

From binocs to field guides, a virtual 101 on birding basics.

Why do you count?

More than 70,000 people will participate in this year’s CBC. That’s a lot of individual stories. Tell us why you participate. We’ll share the best stories in future issues! Take our three minute survey→

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