• Jean Demers

Hudson Christmas bird count


The Hudson Christmas Bird Count is looking for field observers and feeder counters to help out in the annual event to monitor bird populations across North America.

On December 22, birders from all over the Montreal area will descend upon Hudson to count birds. Bird Studies Canada and our partners at the National Audubon Society in the United States; rely on data from the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) database to monitor bird populations across North America.

Each count embraces a circle approximately 24 kilometres in diameter. Hudson’s count is actually centered in Saint-Lazare and reaches as far north as Oka, south to Valleyfield, east to Île-Perrot and west to part-way up Rigaud Mountain.

Approximately 50 field observers divided into 17 parties cover predetermined routes within the circle. They count every individual bird observed, note the time spent in the field, kilometres walked and driven and then report in at the end of the day. Results are tabulated and submitted to Bird Studies Canada and the National Audubon Society. At the same time the field observers are braving the elements, feeder watchers are also checking the birds at their feeders.

If you would like to help out on the Hudson Christmas Bird Count, either as a field observer or as a feeder-watcher, please contact count compiler Jean Demers at (514) 694-8240 or cbchudson2@gmail.com to find out if you live within the circle.

Feeder-watchers are particularly needed. All observers and feeder watchers are invited back to the St-Hubert restaurant in Vaudreuil-Dorion, 601 Saint-Charles Avenue starting at 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Or you can send your observations to the above email or phone number.

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