Join Us for the Central Loudoun Christmas Bird Count – Dec 29th
2015 CENTRAL LOUDOUN CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29
by Joe Coleman
Since 1899 thousands of people have participated in the longest running citizen science project, the Christmas Bird Count, in the world.
This year, in over 2,000 different counts, people will count every wild bird they can find during these counts.
Join Loudoun Wildlife on Tuesday, December 29 as we participate in this year’s National Audubon Society’s Annual Christmas Bird Count. The results are used to better understand bird populations and dynamics.
Our count circle has a 15-mile diameter and covers 177 square miles of Loudoun’s countryside: north to Waterford, south to Aldie, east to Ashburn, and west to Purcellville.
People will explore the county’s natural and not-so-natural areas in search of birds.
Counters share their wonder of the wild beauty of feathered creatures with like-minded people and sometimes find truly rare birds. It is always a lot of fun!
The count includes a number of Loudoun’s very special locations such as the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, the Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project, Beaverdam Reservoir, Morven Park, Ball’s Bluff, a number of private estates, about five miles of the C&O Canal in the vicinity of White’s Ferry, and much of still-rural western Loudoun County.
Everyone is welcome; amateurs are teamed with experienced birders, and every eye and ear helps!
After the counting is done we hope to meet for a Tally Rally where we will find out what others found and share stories about the day’s highlights.This year we’re planning a potluck for the Tally Rally.
If you are interested in participating in the count for just a couple of hours or for the entire day, Sign Up Online by December 22 or contact Joe Coleman at email@example.com or 540-554-2542.
If you’d like to help with the logistics of the potluck please contact Joe.