Bemidji Bird Enthusiasts Take Part In National Christmas Bird Count


BREEDING OPERATIONS. >>>BIRD ENTHUSIASTS IN BEMIDJI PARTICIPATED IN THE NATIONAL CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT THIS PAST WEEKEND. IT’S AN ANNUAL EFFORT TO COUNT BIRDS TO PROVIDE POPULATION DATA FOR CONSERVATION BIOLOGISTS. REPORTER MALAAK KHATTAB SHARES HOW IT GOT STARTED AND WHAT THE DATA IS USED FOR.>>THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS IN BEMIDJI. THE BIRD COUNT IS A CENSUS THAT IS USED FOR BIRD KONSSER VISION. — CONSERVATION. VOLUNTEERS MET EARLY SATURDAY MORNING AT A CAFE AND SPLIT INTO GROUPS OF THREE. THE AIM IS TO GATHER DATA ON BIRDS AND SPECIES OF BIRDS. 7 1/2-MILE RADIUS OR 15 DIAMETER CIRCLE AROUND THE CITY.>>ONE OF THE LONGEST-RUNNING BIRD CONSERVATION DATA SETS ON SPECIES NUMBERS OVERALL AND HOW BIRDS POPULATIONS ARE DOING, AND IT’S BEEN USED TO TRACK NOT ONLY BIRD POPULATIONS, BUT HOW BIRD POPULATIONS ARE DOING AS RELATED TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND OTHER CHANGES SEEN WITHIN THE ENVIRONMENT.>>THE IDEA TO COUNT BIRDS ACROSS THE WORLD CAME FROM AN AUDUBON GROUP IN NEW ENGLAND IN THE 1900s. IT ORIGINATED AS AN EFFORT TO PROTECT BIRDS.>>REPLACING A TRADITION OF THESE HUNTS CALLED SIDE HUNTS. THEY WERE HUNTS TO RECREATIONALLY HUNT BIRDS, AND SOMEONE CAME UP WITH THE TRADITION OF COUNTING THEM INSTEAD.>>THIS YEAR PARTICIPANTS IN THE CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT DIDN’T SEE AS MANY BIRDS AS LAST YEAR. THEY SAY THE COLD WEATHER AND THE LIMITED OPEN WATER PLAYED A FACTOR IN THE DECREASE OF BIRDS.>>MAINLY WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SEEING ARE BLUE JAYS, A FEW FINCHES. A LOT OF THE BIRDS THAT WOULD NORMALLY BE HERE IN THE WINTER, LIKE WINTER FINCHES, HAVE STAYED UP IN CANADA THIS YEAR BECAUSE THERE WAS AN ABUNDANT CONE CROP IN THE FORESTS OF CANADA. SO IT’S BEEN KIND OF A TOUGH YEAR FOR FINDING BIRDS IN THE INT WITHER — IN THE WINTER.>>ON SATURDAY THERE WERE 26 SPECIES IN TOTAL COUNTED AND TWO NEW BIRDS RECORDED FOR THE COUNT, RED WING BLACKBIRDS AND A BROWN THRASHER. REPORTING IN BEMIDJI, MALAAK KHATTAB, LAKELAND NEWS.

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