On Saturday, December 19 High Peaks Birders will sponsor the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Local volunteers in Yancey County will join thousands of counters across the country to count birds. Yancey residents will take part in this tradition which is the longest running wildlife census on the planet. Each year the Audubon Christmas Bird Count mobilizes over 70,000 volunteer bird counters. The CBC uses the power of volunteers to track the health of bird populations at a scale that professional scientists could not do alone.
Last year High Peaks Birders and friends counted 2,275 birds, representing 51 species. The count takes place within a 15 mile radius circle approved by Audubon. Counting is done in the field by assigned teams and at backyard bird feeders. This year enthusiasm is running high and the field count teams are already full. However there is room for an unlimited number of backyard feeder counters. If you would like to join the CBC tradition contact High Peaks Birders by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org