Another Christmas Bird Count is around the corner for birders in Kitimat, the 122nd count will be taking place on Dec. 18. (Black Press Media/File Photo)

Another Christmas Bird Count is around the corner for birders in Kitimat, the 122nd count will be taking place on Dec. 18. (Black Press Media/File Photo)

Christmas bird count set to go ahead on Dec. 18

The data collected contributes long-term information on how winter birds are faring

Another Christmas Bird Count is around the corner for birders in Kitimat, with the 122nd edition taking place on Dec. 18.

Birds Canada and the National Audubon society help to coordinate and support the efforts of more than 2,500 counts throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Bird counts are run in various countries including Canada, the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean and some pacific islands.

Data collected from the Kitimat count includes details on the number of birds of each species seen or heard within a 24-kilometre circle. The data collected contributes long-term information on how winter birds are faring both from the local area and across the country.

“Every Christmas Bird Count participant is an important part of this valuable project for birds,” said Yousif Attia, Birds Canada Christmas Bird Count coordinator.

“Whether you participate for bird conservation, for some friendly birding competition, or for an excuse to get outside in the winter, your efforts are meaningful for birds.”

For more information and finding the location of additional counts, you can visit Birds Canada’s website.

For further information regarding Kitimat’s bird count and to submit data you can contact Susan Thorne either by phone at 250-632-7632 or by email at swthorne@telus.net.