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The Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the longest-running citizen science wildlife survey in the world, will take place Dec. 14-Jan. 5, throughout North America, including 35 locations in New Mexico.
More than 60,000 volunteers nationwide are expected to brave the cold this year to add a new layer of data that will help shape conservation decisions in years to come.
This year, the CBC will undergo several significant changes. Most importantly, fees to participate in the count will be dropped to encourage greater participation and the annual published report, “American Birds,” will go digital in 2013, saving more trees for the birds. Christmas Bird Count information will also be available online in Spanish for the first time.
“We encourage birders of all ages and abilities to participate in this year’s CBC,” said Robert Templeton, who leads a scheduling effort for New Mexico’s count. “Each counting group is led by one or more experts capable of identifying, by sight and sound, the birds in their area, so it’s a great learning opportunity for less experienced birders as well.”
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