FPS staff report
December 11, 2012
Think the birds have flown south for the winter?
Several birds familiar to the area have migrated for the winter months, many remain and others actually visit Ohio during cold winter months.
The dark-eyed junco from Canada visits Ohio over the winter months, along with the pine siskin and northern harrier.
The “Christmas Bird Count,” a nationwide bird survey helps keep track of movements and ranges of birds in the winter.
Volunteer Citizen Scientists gather information on bird numbers over a three-week period running Dec. 14 through Jan. 5, 2013. Information is reviewed by a panel of regional experts and made available to the public and researchers.
Since the first count in 1900, with the 27 observers at 25 locations across the United States, the US count has grown to over 63,000 counters at more than 2,200 locations.
For information on how to get involved, contact Audubon Ohio at 614-224-3303 or visit http:// birds.audubon.org/christmas- bird-count.