DearMount WashingtonValleyBird Enthusiast,
TinMountainConservationCenterwill be carrying out the 23rd annual North Conway Christmas Bird Count onFriday, December 30, 2011. As you know, the success of this yearly winter bird census depends on a troop of devoted volunteers both on foot in the field and at home watching their feeders. We hope you can join us!
Bird counts are useful tools for evaluating yearly and long term trends of the birds wintering in our area. The census is completed in a variety of ways, allowing participation at any level. Field observers travel routes by foot, cross-country skis, and car. Another important component of the count is provided by observers living within the bird count area reporting on what birds visit their feeders during the count period. You do not need to be an expert birder to participate. Novice volunteers able to join us in the field will be paired, when possible, with more experienced birders. It’s a great way to learn more about birds and everyone with an interest is encouraged to participate. It’s also a lot of fun!
The birds are counted in an area determined by a 15-mile diameter circle that encompasses parts of Jackson, Bartlett, Chatham and North Conway. The circle is divided into sections with group leaders who coordinate the coverage in that section. We will compile the findings the evening of the count, and compare our numbers to the data we have accumulated over the past 22 years to understand the context and importance of what we have seen that day.
The compilation will begin at5:00 p.m.the evening of the count in the Great Room atTinMountainConservationCenterinAlbany. We will provide hot drinks and goodies as we compile the day’s statistics. We look forward to seeing you during the count or at the compiling.
If you have any questions, would like to participate, or would like to be removed from our bird count mailing list, please contact me, Nora Dufilho, at (603) 447-6991 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for all your help!