12/27/11 The nationwide Christmas Bird Count is a holiday tradition - a 'Christmas Bird Census' - that counts birds in the holidays. Its roots extend back to the turn of the
previous century beginning on Christmas Day 1900. The modern day locations
ranged from Toronto, Ontario to Pacific Grove, California with most counts
in or near the population centers of northeastern North America.
The primary objective of the Christmas Bird Count is to monitor the status
and distribution of bird populations across the Western Hemisphere. When the
CBC data is combined with that of other surveys such as the North American
Breeding Bird Survey, a clearer picture of how bird populations throughout
the Americas have changed in time and space over the past hundred years
Data helps reveal the impact of diseases such as, in years past,
the West Nile virus. Since birds are overall indicators of the health of our
environment, the Count can also tell us a great deal about ourselves and our
impact on local flora and fauna.
The annual Tri-County Rochester Christmas Bird Count covers a 15
mile circle where the counties of Marshall, Kosciusko, and Fulton Counties
meet. Count Day is Saturday, December 31
at 8 a.m. at the Potawatomi Wildlife Pak Interpretive Center at 16998 State Road 331 in Tippecanoe. There is a $5 participation fee.
You may participate by counting the birds from your own feeder if you are in the target zone or participate in the count at Potawatomi Wildlife Park and/or surrounding area. Also, this year continues the goal of creating a list of birds found specifically on Potawatomi Wildlife Park. Contact Potawatomi Wildlife Park if you are interested in participating in this count.
(Home Feeder viewers-Free) Fee includes published annual report mailed to your door.
For more information, please call Executive Director Mike Stephan at (574)
498-6550 or visit the parks website at www.getintonature.com
and click on the "UPCOMING EVENTS" tab.