Volunteers needed for annual Christmas bird count Dec. 15

Birdwatchers gather at Sandy Point during the 2019 Christmas Bird count. Photo by Betsy Washington

The fifth annual Northumberland-Lancaster Christmas Bird Count will be observed Tuesday, December 15.

In 1900, a group of bird watchers in New England started what has become known as the Christmas Bird Count (CBC). As it sounds, it is a count of all birds seen on one particular day between December 14 and January 5.  Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, it has occurred every year for 120 years. It is the longest continuous citizen science project in North America.

Five years ago, the Northern Neck Chapter of the National Audubon Society sponsored the first Christmas Bird Count of its own, covering Northumberland and Lancaster counties. Each year, more residents join the group to…

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