Time to wrap things up, get every thing done, and think ahead….

Class sessions are dwindling, papers should be in their final draft stages, and the time for exam studying will commence very soon.

When all that is done and you have returned to your nest, consider grabbing some friends and sign up for the Audubon Society’s 113th Annual Christmas Bird Count.

The bird count takes place between December 14th and January 5th, 2013 depending on your locale (here in Tampa the bird count is on January 5th).

Never heard of the Christmas Bird Count? That is okay, here is some background information. According to the National Audubon Society the Christmas Bird Count is the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world and thousands of individuals participate around the country. It is dependent on volunteers.  Thanks to all the volunteers over the years Audubon’s conservation team and other scientists have vital information about what is happening with birds and the environment.

I have been living in Florida now for two years and almost every day I am amazed by the birds I see. Pelicans skimming the surface of Tampa Bay, majestic eagles trolling the Hillsborough River, and just the other day my friend received a  visit by two screech owls in his backyard in Seminole Heights.

You might find it amazing that my Mom didn’t see a bald eagle in the wild until she was over 60 AND that she had to go to Wyoming to see it because when she was growing up in Ohio there weren’t any bald eagles. Now bald eagles are found along the Ohio River and throughout the midwest.

The Christmas Bird Count is a way to keep track of all our beautiful birds. Here is a the link to find out when the bird count will take place in your neck of the woods:

www.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count – sign up today!

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