David Drake, professor of forest and wildlife ecology, was recently on WPR’s The Larry Meiller Show to discuss the annual Christmas Bird Count, including how the event originally came to be.
Back in the day, it was a Christmas tradition in some areas for people to divide up and hunt as teams, seeing which team could kill the most game. In 1900, however, ornithologist Frank Chaptman proposed an alternative activity: a count. And thus the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count was born.
As Drake explains, even novice birders can participate, as “all the experienced people want to take you under their wing.”
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