Each year that goes by we seem to experience more change in all areas of life and the birding world is no different . With some of my recent speaking engagements I refer to it as the runway effect; where everything runs along fairly consistently, gaining momentum, then all of a sudden, lift off and we notice large amounts of change.
Birds are staying over winter that normally don’t, were finding others in non historical areas and so on. Climate change, severe weather around the world like we had this fall are adding fuel to the fire of change that’s for sure.
Recently I was researching some information and I decided to look in some of my older field guides from the 1970’s, comparing that information to newer editions I wasn’t surprised to find vast amounts of differences in the data and historical bird ranges .
So, where and how is that data collected, obviously many dedicated professionals are collecting information on a regular basis, however there is nothing more important for data than the annual Christmas bird counts that take place locally, a large number of dedicated volunteers have been collecting, reporting and documenting for many years. If you are looking for a fun and exciting way to get outside and take part in birding studies over the holiday season, Christmas Bird Counts are a great way to discover some of your favorite birds.