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Christmas Bird Count
January 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park invites birdwatchers to participate in the longest-running community science survey, the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). On January 1, 2020, birders and nature enthusiasts will gather in Winter Harbor for the Schoodic CBC to take part in this tradition, many rising before dawn to observe the year’s first birds.
The Schoodic CBC is a great way to start the new year, get a jump start on the bird list for 2020, and have fun doing it. Meet Bird Ecology Director Seth Benz at the Schoodic Point parking lot at 9 a.m. to look for birds from the Point and then take a walk on the Schoodic Institute campus trail system.
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is a community science project organized by the National Audubon Society. There is no fee to participate. Counts are open to birders of all skill levels and Audubon’s free Bird Guide app makes it even easier to learn more.
Birders of all ages are welcome to contribute to this fun, nationwide community science project, which provides ornithologists with a crucial snapshot of our native bird populations during the winter months. Each individual count is performed in a circle with a diameter of 15 miles. At least ten volunteers, including a compiler to coordinate the process, count in each circle. The volunteers break up into small parties and follow assigned routes, which little change from year to year, counting every bird they see. To sign up, please contact Seth Benz, firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-412-8677.