A hairy woodpecker is one of the species Terrace and Thornhill volunteers could see during this year’s Christmas Bird Count. (Diane Weismiller photo)

Bird watchers sought for annual Christmas count

This annual avian on Dec. 30 is literally ‘for the birds’

Residents from Terrace and Thornhill are being asked to dust off the binoculars and help Bird Studies Canada and Audubon conduct their Annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 30.

Started in 1900, the Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running wildlife census in the world, and invites willing bird-watchers to make a notation of every bird and bird species they see over the course of several hours.

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It’s all to help monitor and conserve avian populations in North America, says count compiler Diane Weismiller.

“It helps note trends in the bird population. They can see where numbers are going down and where species have moved into another area, or where their numbers are declining,” she says.

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Weismiller says there are about 35 birds native to the Terrace and Thornhill area, from eagles to hummingbirds, robins and starlings.

The count goes from dawn ‘til dusk, and covers a large area, from the Northwest Regional Airport, south to Lakelse Lake, north up Kalum Lake Road and as far east as Old Remo Road.

To volunteer for a couple hours or the full day, contact Weismiller at 250-635-6984.


 


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More volunteers are needed to cover this large area in Terrace and Thornhill for this year’s annual Christmas Bird Count.

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