Upcoming Christmas Bird Counts

December brings more than just holidays. It also brings the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count, which birders eagerly anticipate. This citizen science project has been running since 1900, and provides a wealth of data about wintering bird populations all over the western hemisphere. Connecticut is divided into 18 territories. Each territory is a 15 mile diameter circle. The Litchfield Hills circle is centered in the Milton section of Litchfield. Ray Belding is the compiler. He can be reached via email at hoatzin1@optonline.net. I (Dave Rosgen) am in charge of the White Memorial/Bantam Lake section of this circle. I could use the help of a few hardy, independent birders to cover some of our trails away from the places that I and my core team of experienced birders cover. You can contact me via email at dave@whitememorialcc.org. The Litchfield Hills CBC is scheduled to happen on Sunday, 12/18, unless a snow or ice storm postpones it. The nearby Woodbury-Roxbury CBC is scheduled for the day before, 12/17. Ken Elkins is a compiler of that count. He can be reached via email at kelkins@audubon.org . For a complete list of Christmas Counts, visit the CT. Ornithological Association's website, which is http://ctbirding.org.

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