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Annual bird count scheduled for Dec. 27

Volunteers needed; registration required
Short-eared owl was spotted near the Smithers airport during the annual Christmas Bird Count. (Ken White photo)

The Smithers Christmas Bird Count will be held on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, from dawn to dusk (with optional owling after dark). If people would like to participate, they must register. By registering people can choose the area they prefer to count or be assigned to an area that is not already being covered. In addition, beginners can be placed with a group of more experienced birders. Counts must be done inside the count circle to be valid (i.e., included in the results). The count must take place within the 24km (15 mile) diameter circle centred around the Central Park Building. To find the count circle map, go to Audubon Christmas Bird Count, type in BCSM, and scroll down to find the link to ‘map’.

We need more field counters and feeder watchers, please.

Please register by calling 250-847-9429 or email by December 22, 2023 The count is one of hundreds that take place across Canada, the U.S., Central America, and parts of South America. It is always lots of fun, especially as people try to outdo each other by finding the most unusual species of the day. People unable to get out are encouraged to watch their bird feeders, but please let us know where your feeder is located so that we do not count it twice.

Please note: Due to COVID restrictions, we will not be having a potluck supper to tally the results. As a result, it is extremely important that registrants fill in the forms completely and email them to the coordinator at the above email as soon as they can after the count.

You will receive count forms once you register to participate.

Thanks, on behalf of the Bulkley Valley Naturalists.

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