BIRDS - They are considered as a very important indicator for the overall health of our natural environment. As stated by The National Audubon Society's State of Birds:
Like the proverbial canaries in the coal mine, they send an urgent warning about threats to our water, air, natural resources, climate and more.And in order to identify bird population trends, as well as to highlight species and habitats at risk, the Christmas Bird Count is annually held. The National Audubon Society, as well as other organizations, use the data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.
Recently, on the 14th of December of the year 2011, the 112th Christmas Bird Count started. This event has ended last week on the 5th of January of this year 2012, and we are now currently waiting for The National Audubon Society for the results, and how the counts went.
For the Love of Birds and For the Sake of Their ConservationTens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas participated in the annual bird watching event. This adventure has become a family tradition, generation after generation for over a hundred years. Completely equipped with their birding gears such as binoculars, bird guides, and checklists, they all go out on this annual mission, most of them starting to venture before the break of dawn. Ready to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season and to brave snow, wind, and rain just to take part in the Christmas Bird Count, they are all very dedicated to make a difference, to experience the beauty of nature, and to make an enormous contribution to conservation.
Everyone who takes part in this yearly event does it for the love of birds and the excitement of friendly competition -- and with the knowledge that their efforts are making a difference for science and bird conservation.
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111th Christmas Bird Count in Central and South AmericaLet's have a flashback on how the 111th Christmas Bird Count (Dec. 14, 2010 to Jan. 5, 2011) in Latin America, including Costa Rica. It was an exceptional one, with the total number of counts submitted topping out at 51. In this season, there were counts in the Latin American region that had tallied over 300 species (where we got the 3rd place!); needless to say these were the highest species tallies of all counts during the 111th CBC:
- Mindo-Tandayapa, Ecuador, retains their spot at the top of the list with 423 species
- Yanayacu, Ecuador at 412
- Pacific Rainforest Aerial Tram, Costa Rica (that's us!) at 377
- La Selva, Lower Braulio Carillo, Costa Rica at 358
- the new Western Cloud Forest, Costa Rica at 346
- and Monteverde, Costa Rica at 311
Get involved in the Christmas Bird Count! Since the Christmas Bird Count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteer citizen scientists. In other words, it all starts with you!
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