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Guntersville Audubon Christmas Bird Count
December 26, 2015 @ 5:30 am - 5:00 pmFree
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the oldest and largest citizen science event in the world. For over a hundred years, people have gathered during the winter holiday season to identify and count birds. In the process, they have created a vast pool of bird data that is a valuable source of information on the status and distribution of early winter bird populations. Parties of birders are assigned to different parts of a count circle, 15 miles in diameter, to identify and count all birds seen or heard from dawn to dusk. Afterwards, counters convene for the tally (compilation), which is a lot of fun. The Guntersville CBC, in a well-known birding area in northern Alabama, yields a wide variety of songbird, raptor and waterfowl species. Birders of all skill levels are welcome and needed; we go in all types of weather. Bring binoculars, field guides, a spotting scope, if you have one, and lunch. The meeting spot for compilation is the Guntersville Public Library. Look for the sign along Hwy 431 in Guntersville, to your right, if coming from the direction of Huntsville. Please contact Linda Reynolds if you are interested in joining one of the eight parties of counters; meeting times for different parties may vary. – Linda Reynolds, Leader (256-582-2970).