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     San Miguel Christmas Bird Count
    
Thursday, January 5, 8am

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Celebrate the New Year with the Third Annual San Miguel Christmas Bird Count

By Signe Hammer

Come join Audubon de México for a fun morning outdoors! From Canada to South America, tens of thousands of birders are teaming up to count birds in their areas on a single day between mid-December and early January. San Miguel is counting on Thursday, January 5.

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is the longest-running Citizen Science survey in the world—this year marks its 117th anniversary.

How does it work? Teams of birders fan out to count all the birds they can find within a 15-mile-diameter circle on a single day. San Miguel is one of many circles in Mexico, and we count birds at three sites within our circle: El Charco del Ingenio, our beautiful botanical garden; a richly varied site along the Rio Laja, near the bridge on the new road to Guanajuato; and Peña Blanca, another bird-rich site a few miles past the Presa Allende.

Why do it? In addition to getting outside and having fun, the three teams compile their bird-count numbers and a volunteer enters them online. This data, combined with all the other CBC numbers, provides a living snapshot of bird populations throughout the Americas. By combining CBC data with that from other bird counts throughout the year, researchers can study the long-term health and movement of those bird populations.

CBC data was key to U.S. Audubon’s landmark Birds and Climate Change Report, which predicts that global warming will force more than half of North America’s bird species out of their current breeding and living ranges. From CBC reports, we know that American Kestrels, the small, colorful falcons we see perched on poles out in the campo, are in steep decline. But, thanks to CBC data, we also know that the bright-red-faced House Finches that warble cheerily from trees around town have been increasing their range.

So whether you’re an experienced or novice birder, come help us count birds on January 5! We’ll meet at 8am on the covered walkway in front of La Comer (formerly Mega), form teams and carpool to the sites. So if you have a car, please bring it. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water and a hat. We’ll have telescopes and a few pairs of binoculars to lend. We’ll count for about 3 hours, starting at about 9am. You should be back by about 12:30, happy with your contribution to Citizen Science!
Please contact audubondemexico@gmail.com to preregister with your name, phone number, and whether you can bring a car with room for fellow-counters.

San Miguel Christmas Bird Count
Thursday, January 5, 8am  
Meet outside La Comer (formerly Mega), on covered walkway between parking lots.
audubondemexico@gmail.com or 415-119-4671
Free: pre-registration necessary

 




 
 
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