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51st Annual Whatcom County Christmas Bird Count

December 17

51st Annual Whatcom County 

Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 17

The San Juan Islands ferry route will take place the day before, Saturday, December 16.

Stay tuned for registration details.

Annually between mid-December and early January, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the world take part in an adventure that has become a holiday tradition. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission to count birds – often from dawn to dusk. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of our natural environment has driven dedicated people to get out in woods, fields and wetlands to celebrate the holidays.

The National Audubon Society‚Äôs Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a citizen science effort, conducted by thousands of community members whose purpose is to collect data on bird populations across the continent while celebrating the holidays and enjoying the wonders of nature. The CBC in Bellingham has been held annually since 1967, making this year our 51st year. So come celebrate and participate!  For more information on the Bellingham CBC please go to www.northcascadesaudubon.org/birding/christmas-bird-count/#.

Participation in the Bellingham CBC is free. Results will be published by National Audubon in an online version of American Birds during the summer of 2017. You can find much more information on this event, as well as annual results and summaries, at birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count.


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