SooNipi Christmas Bird Count Dec. 19

The annual SooNipi area Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by Audubon, is Saturday, December 19 and Gary Stansfield, Goshen, is the regional count compiler. Click on the map to go to NH Audubon for a listing of dates and times for the different count circles around the state, contact information, and how one can participate.

For more information: visit NH Audubon

Around the turn of the 20th century many observers and scientists became concerned about declining bird populations. According to National Audubon, on Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman proposed a new holiday tradition–a “Christmas Bird Census” that would count birds during the holidays rather than shoot them. Thanks to the inspiration of Chapman and the enthusiasm of 27 dedicated birders, 25 Christmas Bird Counts were held in December, 1900. The locations ranged from Toronto, Ontario to Pacific Grove, California with most counts in or near the population centers of northeastern North America.

Those original 27 Christmas Bird Counters tallied a total of 90 species and spotted about 18,500 individual birds, and the town of Keene, NH was one of the original 25 counts. So put on your coat, pull out your binoculars and get ready to take part in the annual Christmas Bird Count! Check the list … for a count near you, and contact the person listed if you’d like to help.- NH Audubon

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