On Saturday, Jan. 3, 29 citizen-scientists showed up in rainy weather to count birds. It was Franklin’s third annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), sponsored by the Franklin Bird Club.
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count began 115 years ago. The count was in response to the popular holiday activity of seeing how many birds a person could shoot in one day. Beginning on Christmas in 1900, birder Frank Chapman proposed a new tradition of counting birds rather than hunting them. Today, birds are counted by thousands of birding enthusiasts throughout the Americas. According to the Audubon Society, “Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.”