Leduc Is For The Birds!

From June 2nd to 8th the Leduc Environmental Advisory Board will be running the City of Leduc's first ever Spring Bird Count.
    Some people will remember that just this last winter Leduc also held it's first Christmas Bird Count to assist the Audubon Society in tracking changes to migratory patterns, fluctuating numbers in certain species, and the possible impact of climate change on our feathered friends.             The Spring Bird Count, when combined with the numbers from the Christmas Bird Count will enable the City to create a wild bird database, which will help form a master database that can be referenced in future infrastructure and development planning.
    Spring birds comprise almost 100% of all birds found in Leduc, and the LEAB are anticipating the observation of about 160 different species during the seven day count. 
    Well known Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki is a huge proponent of what he terms "citizen scientists". These are just regular people who watch, learn, and report happenings in their areas of interest, such as birds. "Beyond providing valuable research, citizen science is a fun way for people to engage with nature and learn about the world and their place in it." David was quoted as saying in his "Science Matters" column.
    All noted recordings of birds do not have to be sight related either. If you know your bird songs well and can identify the species from that, this also counts as a "sighting". And if you are not overly familiar with which bird makes what song you can go to Cornell University's website for it's ornithology library at www.macaulaylibrary.org. This is the world's largest and oldest library of biodiversity audio and video recordings. They are attempting to record every species of bird song in the world, and currently have over 175,000 audio and 60,000 video recordings of birds on the site. It is completely free to view so you can go there and educate yourself on exactly what each species in our area looks and sounds like.
    The spring bird count will encompass all of the City of Leduc as well as a circled area extending around the airport to the west and almost reaching Hwy 21 to the east. LEAB will be providing interested parties with count sheets that include all the known breeds of birds that frequent this area, along with room to include any unusual species. The sheets also have lines to collect such data as time of day viewed, weather, temperature, and miles travelled. These sheets can be obtained by contacting LEAB through the City at 780-980-7177, or directly from LEAB Chairman Mr. Andy Tait at andytait@shaw.ca.

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