Starting December 14 through January 5, thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure- the Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC).
In over 35 locations in New Mexico, families and students, birders and scientists, all with binoculars in hand, go out on an annual mission to count birds. This often takes place before dawn in the freezing cold.
Each year, the Audubon CBC calls over 70,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,300 locations. It uses volunteers to track the health of bird populations at a scale that professional scientists could never count by themselves.
“From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the CBC does it for love of birds and with the knowledge that their efforts are contributing to science and bird conservation,” said Robert Templeton, of Dixon who will be in the bird count for the 15th year in a row.