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Hoary redpoll with ? sparrow. Can you identify the sparrow?
Hoary redpoll with ? sparrow. Can you identify the sparrow?

MANO Christmas Bird Count Community Science in Action 12/20/2020

December 20, 2020 will mark the 87th Annual MANO (Northampton) Christmas Bird Count and the 120th National Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

Volunteer bird watchers of all ages, novices and experts team together to spend a portion of the day or the entire day recording any and all bird species seen.

When does this happen?

The Northampton Christmas Bird Count covers 24 hours (rain, sleet, snow, or shine) midnight-to-midnight December 20th, 2020. The goal for the 24 hours is to find, identify and count all birds within a 15-mile diameter “count circle” centered in the Hadley Cemetery on Cemetery Road.

Some folks start searching at midnight for owls. Others start at sunrise. Some spend the entire day, others a couple of hours. No one is too young or too senior to participate. Beginners are welcome – we’ll make sure you join a group with at least one experienced birdwatcher.  We hope you’ll join us for this great day. You will probably make new friends, learn a bit, laugh a lot and get a great workout.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, groups will be smaller this year and safety protocols (i.e., masks and social distancing) will be mandatory.  Carpooling should be limited to family groups.  We’ll be hosting a Zoom meeting for participants prior to the event

Feeder Watcher?

You can even participate from home as long as you are within the CBC circle. You can count birds that visit your feeders. Check to be sure you are in the circle and please contact the compilers at [email protected] to be included.  We’ll be hosting a Zoom meeting for new feeder watchers prior to the event.

Compilation Tally

In light of the pandemic, there will be no potluck dinner this year; our tally will take place remotely.  Details to follow.

What do I take?

The particulars: dress warm, carry water and snacks, know your limits, etc.

What to do if I want to participate?

If you want to join the day, have questions, etc, contact Janice Jorgensen and Amanda Kallenbach at [email protected]

CBC Forms, Leaders, Maps, and History are on this link.  MANO historical data is available from the first MANO count.

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