The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) originally scheduled for December 18th was cancelled due to severe weather, and it has been rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 2nd. It is a census of birds in the Western Hemisphere, performed by volunteer birdwatchers and administered by the National Audubon Society. The purpose is to provide population data for use in science, especially conservation biology, though many people participate for recreation.
Each individual count is performed in a "count circle" with a diameter of 15 miles. At least ten volunteers break up into small parties and follow assigned routes, which change little from year to year, counting every bird they see. In most count circles, some people also watch feeders instead of following routes.
The Darke County Birders Club in conjunction with the Darke Countians for Wildlife Conservation will be participating in the annual event on Monday, January 2nd and will meet at North McDonalds in Greenville at 7:30am for location assignments. For more information about the Christmas Bird Count visit the National Audubon Society website at [http://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count], and for questions or to help out with this year’s Darke County count, contact Bob Welch with Darke Countians for Wildlife Conservation at (937) 423-1596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.