Last year’s count shattered records, according to a release. Nationally, a total of 2,248 counts and 63,227 people tallied over 60 million birds. Counts took place in all 50 states, all Canadian provinces, plus 99 count circles in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands.
“This is not just about counting birds,” Gary Langham, Audubon’s chief scientist, said in a release. “Data from the Audubon Christmas Bird Count are at the heart of hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific studies and informs decisions by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of the Interior, and the EPA. Because birds are early indicators of environmental threats to habitats we share, this is a vital survey of North America and, increasingly, the Western Hemisphere.”