Join the Annual Christmas Bird Count

This holiday season, birdwatchers and nature lovers have an opportunity to learn more about the Commonwealth’s birds and help scientists trying to conserve them. This event is free and open to the public.

On Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, experienced and novice birders alike are invited to participate in Saipan’s Annual Christmas Bird Count.

Started in 1900 by the National Audubon Society, the Christmas Bird Count is the world’s longest-running citizen science project. Last year, over 73,000 volunteers counted over 56 million birds of 2,636 species across North America, the Pacific Islands, and Caribbean. The CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife has organized local counts for over 25 years, typically tallying thousands of birds and 50-plus species.

Volunteers for the Saipan count will meet at 6am at American Memorial Park to divide into teams for roadside and walking surveys. Teams will spread out to cover the island, finding and recording as many birds and bird species as possible. Bring binoculars if you have them, but it’s okay if you don’t.

For more information, contact Steve Mullin at 664-6011 or email him at smullin.cnmi.dfw@gmail.com, or visit http://www.cnmidfw.com/. (PR)

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