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Ontario Nature: 2006 Christmas Bird Count Interview Opportunity

Thursday, December 14th 2006 12:59:30pm

Ontario Nature - 2006 Christmas Bird Count Interview Opportunity

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, laderoutej@huffstrategy.com.

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