This is the 115th year that people all over the continent count birds contributing to one of the largest, longest running data sets in the world that is collected by Citizen Scientists. If you’ve never heard of it, I strongly recommend that you click over to the Audubon website that gives the history and importance of this effort.
I joined a team this morning down at Audubon.
Temps were in the high 30s. Walking was challenging. The slowly thawing foot of snow covered with a quarter inch of ice was noisy and difficult. I have to wonder how many birds we scared away as we crunch-crunch-crunched along the trails.
We didn’t see anything rare. But it was fun when we got to the tower to see over 200 Mallards from the tower.
Don and Scott would continue on through the afternoon, then join other teams for a potluck dinner during which all the numbers would be tallied. One of these years, I’ll make it for the entire day!