2nd Annual Minnewaska-Shawangunk (NYMS) Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a bird census, which was first proposed in December 1900 by ornithologist Frank Chapman. It was offered as an alternative to the Christmas “Side Hunt”, which contributed to declining bird populations in the late 19th Century. Participants of the Side Hunt would form teams and whichever team killed the most birds won the Hunt. The first CBC was held on December 25, 1900 with 27 participants. In its 120th year, the CBC is the oldest citizen science project in the United States. Currently, the CBC can attract as many as nearly 77,000 participants. These participants spend the day listening, looking for and counting birds within a predetermined area and day between December 14 and January 5. This year the 2nd annual NYMS (Minnewaska-Shawangunk) Christmas Bird Count circle will be joining the thousands of other circles in North America, Central America, South America, the Pacific and Caribbean, in this winter tradition. Interested parties will be searching a 15-mile diameter circle for birds, including all of Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Be prepared for a full day out of doors. Residents with bird feeders in the Minnewaska-Shawangunk CBC circle may also participate in the count by counting birds at their feeders. Contact Nicholas Martin at Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov or 845-255-0752 no later than December 28th for an assignment or to learn how to report your bird feeder count.

Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 9 am to 4:30pm
Minnewaska State Park Preserve

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