Ontario Nature: 2006 Christmas Bird Count Interview Opportunity
Thursday, December 14th 2006 12:59:30pm
Caroline Schultz, Executive Director of Ontario Nature, is available for interviews on the 2006 Christmas Bird Count
* Beginning Thursday, December 14th, 2006 and lasting
until January 5th, 2007, the 107th annual Christmas Bird
Count (CBC) will take place in 116 communities across
northern and southern Ontario. Naturalists and birders
from Ontario Nature's member clubs as far north as Fort
Frances, Thunder Bay and Sudbury; as far south as Point
Pelee and Holiday Beach in Essex County; and as far
east as Ottawa and Vankleek Hill are participating.
* Conceived as a way to promote conservation by
monitoring the distribution and numbers of resident and
migratory birds in North America, it has evolved into
one of the most valuable methods of measuring the
health of our environment.
* Last year in Ontario, a new record was set when nearly
4,500 volunteers came out to participate in CBCs.
* Last year, the community of Blenheim had the second
highest bird species count nationally with 111.
* Notwithstanding California, Ontario had more CBCs than
any other jurisdictions in North America.
* Each CBC is performed within an assigned circle 24
kilometers in diameter (458 square kilometers total).
* Volunteers cover as much of the circle as possible within
a 24 hour period on any day within the official count
period. Birds may be observed and recorded from either
a bird feeder site within the assigned count area or from
expeditions within the designated circle.
* Data for each count are compiled by a volunteer
coordinator and submitted for analysis to Bird Studies
Canada, the organization that coordinates the Christmas
Bird Count in Canada.
For more information on the 2006 Christmas Bird Count, or to arrange interviews, please contact Jonathan Laderoute, e|c|o media relations, (416) 972-7401, email@example.com.
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