Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count stronger than ever

Ít’s been 120 years since New York ornithologist Frank Chapman launched his Christmas Bird Count as a bold new alternative…

Ít’s been 120 years since New York ornithologist Frank Chapman launched his Christmas Bird Count as a bold new alternative to what had been a longtime Christmas tradition of hunting birds. Today, the annual count continues, stronger and more important than ever.

“He realized that we were over-harvesting birds and something had to be done,” says Geoff LeBaron, who has led The National Audubon Society’s massive community science effort for more than 30 years.

“People get very passionate about the Christmas Bird Count,″ he says. “It’s fun and it’s a tradition, but it’s also crucially important to the creatures we love.″

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