CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
For over 70 years Nature Regina members have participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count. The Regina count is usually on a weekend day close to Boxing Day. We also encourage as many members as possible to participate by taking part of the day to record counts of birds at their bird feeders. You don’t need to leave home to help although the more the merrier on the field trips. In addition to the Regina count, Nature Regina also hosts counts centred in Craven and Balgonie.
On the count day volunteers fan out across the count area to identify as many birds and mammals as possible. Volunteers usually go out in groups and each group is led by someone with strong bird identification skills, so even someone that doesn't know birds well can prove to be a valuable spotter. These counts start in the morning around 8 a.m. and often finish in the late afternoon between 3:30-5:00 p.m., although it is also possible to come out for a portion of the day.
Christmas Bird Counts are bird population surveys conducted throughout North America on any one day between December 14 and January 5 inclusive under the auspices of the Audubon Society. They are carried out within a 24 km diameter circle that stays the same from year to year. Christmas counts are generally group efforts, though single-observer counts can and do happen.