Beginning December 14 and running through January 5, bird enthusiasts will take to the fields and woodlands to record their sightings of particular bird species–a brilliant example of citizen science in action where engaged volunteers partner with researchers to document particular phenomena.
If you are interested in getting involved with this year’s count, see the Audubon Society’s information for participants.
For more information about bird species, do consult the online edition of Birds of North America. This comprehensive reference tool details the life histories of more than 716 North American species. The online edition, a product of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the American Ornithologist’s Union supplies descriptive text, image collections, audio and video to reveal aspects of behavior and habitat. For locating additional library resources devoted to ornithology, see the Ornithology Research Guide.
Should you wish to document your bird sightings year-round, consider registering with the eBird community–a project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society to record bird abundance and distribution.