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Christmas Bird Count

Join us in December for this annual Sharon/Lakeville area bird count

Each year, small groups of birders venture out for the sole purpose of counting birds from mid-December to early January. This event, known as the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), and at Audubon Sharon our count usually occurs around the second or third Sunday in December from 12:01 a.m. to midnight.

Audubon Sharon's count (known as the Trixie Strauss Christmas Bird Count) takes place within a 15-mile circle with its center at Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, thus taking in some of the good birding areas in Sharon, Salisbury, Falls Village, Amenia, and Northeast, New York. Teams from all over the state and all over the country take part in CBC, and all the numbers are compiled and reported to help better understand flock formations and migrations.

Everyone is invited to participate in Christmas Bird Count. You don't have to be an expert birder to enjoy CBC, either. And, if it's cold outside, you don't even have to get out of the car! "Feeder watchers" are also always appreciated and those who are willing to participate, but not willing to leave the comforts of home, can choose to count birds at your bird feeders, even if only for one hour. Your numbers can then be given to our compiler right after the count and they will be included in the overall CBC report.

Forms for the bird feeder count can be picked up at the Sharon Audubon Center the week before CBC takes place.

2018 Trixie Strauss Christmas Bird Count

The 2018 Trixie Strauss CBC will take place on Sunday, December 30, 2018, from 12:01 a.m. to midnight (rescheduled from December 16th). If you would like to participate with a birding team, please call the Sharon Audubon Center at 860-364-0520 to find out who the “area captains” are so you can connect with them to learn meeting places and times throughout the count day. If you are participating on your own at your feeder(s), please give your numbers/forms to our compiler Zach Adams at the Sharon Audubon Center around 5 p.m. on December 16th.

At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 16th, the count teams will congregate at the Sharon Audubon Center to turn in their data, enjoy some hot food, and determine who has the best hold on “bragging rights” for the day’s finds. Even if you can’t join us in the field, you are welcome to join us at the center to hear the results.

We ask anyone who lives in the surrounding towns to fill up your bird feeders to help with our counts!

Please contact the center at 860-364-0520 if you would like more information on the Trixie Strauss Christmas Bird Count.

Select here for information on more Connecticut Christmas Bird Counts.

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