That seemed to be the theme for 2012. Well I’m glad the Mayans were wrong. Now we can get back to the important things in life….like birds! =)
2012 was a good year for Lenawee Birders. Membership is growing and our Facebook page has been a popular place for birders to share their sightings and stories.
On this last day of the year I thought I would post one of the lesser known irruption birds in our area, the Common Redpoll. Last year I was fortunate to see one at the Brookside Cemetery in Tecumseh. Let us know if you see one. You might find them in small flocks near your thistle feeder.
December 22, 2012
The Clinton Christmas Bird Count has been a tradition of the National Audubon Society for many years now. Darrin O’Brien has been the coordinator for the past seventeen years and has done a fantastic job getting other volunteers to help in our circle. You can find more information about the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Counts at http://www.theclintoninn.com/restaurant/dining/dinner.
The Clinton Christmas Bird Count is a 17 mile radius circled centered in Clinton, broke into sections where volunteers count the birds in their section for one day. The data recorded gives scientists a “snap shot” of what migration looks like for one day at the same time each year. Not only is this a fun way to be a citizen scientist but you get to meet other birders in the area and we meet for dinner at the end of the day. For more information about the Clinton Christmas Bird Count, please visit the Clinton CBC blog that Darrin O’Brien started at http://www.clintoncbc.blogspot.com/
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact myself and I will put you in touch with a section leader in need of volunteers. Dinner will be at 5:00 p.m. at the Clinton Inn in Clinton, MI where we can collect data and share stories! If you wish to view their menu, you can follow this link http://www.theclintoninn.com/restaurant/dining/dinner.
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at some of the up coming events!
For more fun, here is a link to videos from the National Audubon Society about the Christmas Bird Counts, enjoy! http://birds.audubon.org/videos/audubons-christmas-bird-count-tallying-birds-americas-over-century