Brian McAllister of Saranac Lake (Right with binoculars) and Linda LaPan of Lake Placid watch for CBCs.
continued The species and numbers tallied from such CBCs can be used to monitor bird populations, helping give an idea of how some species are faring. Despite successful counts in terms of species and numbers, many birders offer another reason why they participate.
“I do it for the social aspect of it,” O’Brien said.
After all, many counts provide an opportunity for birders to spend time together —particularly when they compile the results from a day afield. Such gatherings are often full of food and holiday goodies as birders celebrate the holidays and the New Year with one of their favorite pastimes.