|Audubon Society bird counts slated for December|
|Sunday, December 01, 2013 9:00 PM|
LIMA — Tri-Moraine Audubon Society will coordinate two of the Audubon Christmas Bird Counts in Ohio: Grand Lake St. Marys on Dec. 14 and Indian Lake on Dec. 15. Participation is free and open to the public.
The CBCs offer an opportunity to participate in a little winter birding, and perhaps see some of the winter visitors to our area - especially those that usually do not hang out in our yards. Most importantly, we are collecting very useful data as “citizen scientists.” Data contained in the more than 100-year history of Audubon CBCs is a very valuable source of information about birds. Such a volume of data could not have been acquired in any other way. This could be especially important for the Grand Lake St. Marys count, since the St. Marys River and Grand Lake St. Marys represent one of the Important Bird Areas in the Tri-Moraine region.
To be considered an official count, we must be out for at least eight hours but individual counters need not participate for the full time. In addition to the counters roaming the 15-mile diameter count circle, one may participate by tallying the birds that visit a feeder located within the circle. Assigned routes for the mobile counters generally involve both road and foot travel. Remember to dress appropriately and to bring such needed items as binoculars, bird guides, food and drinks, etc.
Counters will meet at 7:30 a.m. for both counts, in order to finalize the census routes and be counting by 8 a.m. For the Grand Lake St. Marys count, meet at the McDonald’s at the mall at the intersection of SR 29 and US 33 in St. Marys. For the Indian Lake count, meet at the McDonald’s in Russell’s Point.