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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Info: For the Montreal Christmas Bird Count, please contact Sheldon Harvey, e-mail: ve2shw@yahoo.com or telephone: 450-462-1459.

Two of Bird Protection Quebec’s (BPQ) most popular annual events, the Montreal Christmas Bird Count and the Hudson Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, December 17, 2016 and Tuesday, December 27, 2016 respectively. The annual bird counts play a vital role in tracking local and national birding trends and are very important events on the citizen science calendar. We are once again counting on your participation. Jean Demers, Clémence Soulard, and Sheldon Harvey make up the BPQ Christmas Count Committee. Sheldon will be responsible for the Montreal Count, with Jean and Clémence looking after the Hudson Count.

We hope that many of you who participated in previous years will return again this year, but we encourage those of you who have not previously participated to get involved. We still have space and territory available to add more people. We have a long-standing tradition to uphold and, with everyone’s support and cooperation, we aim to carry it on.

Teams of birders are assigned designated sections of territory within the Montreal and Hudson circles. It’s a fun day of birding, all for a valuable and important purpose. The key thing to remember on a Christmas Bird Count is that every single bird you see is important, regardless of whether it’s a common or rare species. Seeing some “good birds” is always an added bonus, but the goal of the day is to count each and every bird of each and every species. If you live anywhere within the count circles and have feeders installed, but are unable to join one of our field teams, you can still assist us without leaving the comfort of your home. Our website explains how to participate as a FeederWatcher. All previous participants will be receiving an e-mail from us inquiring about your possible participation again this year, covering the same territory. If you would like to move to a different territory, we will do our best to accommodate.

If you are new to the Christmas counts and are interested in becoming a field participant, please contact us and we will assign you to a sector on a team with some experienced Christmas counters.

Following the Montreal count, an informal social will be held at the Montreal West Curling Club, 17 Ainslie Road in Montreal West, at 4:00 p.m. All participants are invited to attend for a bite to eat and to submit their findings of the day. Food will be provided and there will be a cash bar. The results of the day’s count will be tabulated and everyone is encouraged to share their birding experiences of the day.

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