Annual Brookland Bird Count This Saturday

Look out for the Wood Thrush – the DC State Bird!

Every December Brooklanders take part in the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count.  This year, the count will take place on Saturday morning, December 16th.  To sign up contact wonderful Brookland neighbor Anne Anderson at mobileanne (at) comcast (dot) net. From a community notice:

Every year since 1901, Counting Circles spread out over the country have gone out to identify and count the birds in their area, making this one of the most effective citizen-scientist efforts that has lasted for 116 years. We go out in the winter because all the birds have migrated by then, so everyone across the continent can count what they see and we know where the birds are at that time. This year we will be out again, and you are invited to join us here in Brookland. We are part of the Washington, DC area counting circle and will be sending our results in to be compiled with other sectors in our circle.

The Brookland area count takes place on the Catholic University grounds, at the McMillan Reservoir and the Armed Forces Retirement Home grounds. We start at 8 AM on the East side of the Shrine in the parking lot and have a route we have used for many years now. We finish around 2 PM, but you are welcome to come for a shorter time if you can’t stay the whole time. (Just please plan to stay with us for at least an hour since we need to document the number of counters by the hour.) We welcome newcomers and young people. You don’t have to be an expert at identifying birds, just willing to help us look 360 degrees so we don’t miss any birds flying by.

If you would like to come out on Saturday morning, Dec. 16th, please let me know so that I can send you updates as the date gets closer. And, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Just reply to mobileanne@comcast.net.

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