Asheville Members Indulge in Counting Number of Birds

December 9, 2013 4:20 PM

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A new report states that some people across the Buncombe County are being included in a challenge to count the number of birds they come across. About 40 members from the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society have been in their efforts on mission of the National Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

This bird count mission during early winters has been declared as the longest running citizen-science survey in the world. According to Audubon North Carolina, members of this mission will count bird population and preserve this data for further protection and conservation efforts.

Tom Tribble, Asheville chapter president, said most of the counting is done by viewing number of birds and some can also be done by identifying bird calls. He said it is really fun to count number of birds and volunteers usually identify 70 species in the winter count.

The members of the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society said that Audubon Christmas Bird Count data have helped advance conservation and research policies. This data will be used in scientific studies and the US state of birds and also helps in understanding affect of climate change.

Curtis Smalling, Director of land bird conservation for Audubon North Carolina, said: "The strides we've made in the conservation and protection of birds and their habitats in North Carolina are a direct reflection of the significant data".


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