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117th Christmas Bird Count Summary for Pittsburgh - One hundred and seventy participants joined forces to tally the birds of Pittsburgh on December 31, 2016. The annual count is hosted and coordinated by Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania and always occurs on the Saturday after Christmas, hence the New Year’s Eve date. Despite the holiday, participants spent a combined 278 hours in the field and 121 at feeders. [READ MORE]
Bald Eagle Webcams at Harmar, Hays Now Streaming Live - [Fox Chapel, PA, January 4, 2017] – Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania announces the 2017 launch of the Harmar and Hays Bald Eagle webcams. To view the webcams and to participate in live chats with other eagle fans, visit www.aswp.org. “Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania’s mission is to connect people to birds and nature, and over the past three years, our Bald Eagle cameras have connected millions of viewers to these impressive birds,” says Jim Bonner, Audubon’s executive director. “We look forward to what we hope will be another successful year for Pittsburgh’s Bald Eagles.”
[Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 25, 2016] Volunteers on Wednesday will hike through wooded areas of Westmoreland County in search of feathered creatures flying in the air and perched in trees. Members of the Bushy Run bird circle will have their eyes peeled in four locations — Beaver Run and Loyalhanna reservoirs, Keystone State Park and Bushy Run Battlefield. Read the full article here.
Scientists rely on the remarkable trend data of Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) data to measure changes in the environment and in bird populations throughout the continent. This information paints a clear picture of bird distribution and abundance which aids in the understanding of what of what can be done to conserve bird species. While scientists rely on the data, the success of the CBC relies on people like you!Participation is free and experience is not necessary – new birdwatchers can be teamed up with experienced birdwatchers. Counting birds at bird feeders is also an important part of this count, so you don’t even have to leave your home!Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania hosts the Pittsburgh CBC. This year, the count is scheduled for Saturday, December 31st for the area surrounding Pittsburgh. The CBC Dinner is scheduled for January 1, 6:00PM at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve. The results of the Pittsburgh count will be tallied during this event.