Daily Archives: December 8, 2011

Our Latest South Bergenite Column: Christmas Bird Count

NJMC staffer Jim Wright, who keeps this blog, also writes a column every other Thursday for The South Bergenite. His latest, about the annual Christmas Bird Count in the Meadowlands, is posted here.

One of my favorite days of the year is the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count.

New Jersey Meadowlands Commission Naturalist Mike Newhouse and I, along with a couple of other bird-watchers, get to spend 12 hours roaming the wilds of Kearny, North Arlington, Lyndhurst, Rutherford, East Rutherford and Carlstadt to see how birds — and how many species of birds — we can find that day.

Our efforts are part of a larger nationwide effort to do a census of North America’s bird populations in late December of every year — In 2010, 2,215 groups counted more than 59 million birds.

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