A northern goshawk calls from a forest in the Bella Coola Valley. Bird counters in Terrace spotted five northern goshawks during last year’s Christmas Bird Count. The count is set for Dec. 20 this year. (Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development)

A northern goshawk calls from a forest in the Bella Coola Valley. Bird counters in Terrace spotted five northern goshawks during last year’s Christmas Bird Count. The count is set for Dec. 20 this year. (Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development)

Terrace birdwatchers wanted for annual count

Christmas Bird Count set for Dec. 20 for Terrace and area

Residents from Terrace and Thornhill are being asked to dust off their binoculars and help Bird Studies Canada and Audubon conduct the 122nd annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 20.

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

Each count takes place within circles of 24-kilometre diameters each. For Terrace, that includes New Remo to the east, the northern tip of Lakelse Lake to the south, Gossen Creek St. to the west and just south of Bluegrass Meadows Micro Village to the north.

Last year, counters in the Terrace circle reported five northern goshawks, the highest number out of any of the 449 circles in Canada.

To volunteer for a couple hours or the full day, contact Diane Weismiller at dweismiler@telus.net.

CORRECTION: The original version of this story incorrectly stated Dec. 22 as the date of the Terrace Christmas Bird Count

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