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GLIN==> Press release: National Audubon Christmas Bird Counts Director to Speak Nov 6

Title: Press release: National Audubon Christmas Bird Counts Director to Speak Nov 6
PRESS RELEASE: October 15, 2008
Contact:  Peggy Morgia, Teresa Mitchell, Seaway Trail, Inc., 315-646-1000
National Audubon Christmas Bird Counts Director to Speak at Seaway Trail Center November 6

Sackets Harbor, NY – Get ready for the 109th edition of the Audubon Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) on the Seaway Trail. On Thursday, November 6 at 6 pm at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, Audubon Science Christmas Bird Count Director Geoff LeBaron will talk about how area residents can participate in the program that provides birdwatchers with early winter fun and supplies natural resource conservation managers with vital data.

“I hope to inspire more people in the Seaway Trail region to get involved as citizen scientists with the Christmas Bird Count. The data collected by CBC volunteers helps us monitor the status of bird populations around the Western Hemisphere and is vital for conservation efforts,LeBaron says.

The annual Christmas Bird Count data is combined with Breeding Bird Survey data collected by the US Geological Survey to show how bird populations are changing over a wide geographic area. More than 50,000 observers in more than 2,000 locations participate in the annual all-day census of early-winter bird populations throughout the Americas – from above the Arctic Circle to the waters off Tierra del Fuego. The single-day Christmas Counts are held during the period of December 14-January 5 each season.

Eleven Christmas Bird Counts are held across the 518-mile Seaway Trail freshwater shoreline region that provides significant year-round habitat for birds along Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River. Seaway Trail communities with Christmas Bird Counts include Buffalo, Dunkirk-Fredonia, Hamburg-East Aurora, Jamestown, Massena-Cornwall (Ontario), Oswego-Fulton, Rochester, the 1000 Islands, and Watertown.

The $5 admission to the November 6th program benefits the Seaway Trail Foundation that supports educational programming and travel related to the freshwater shoreline in New York and Pennsylvania. On Friday, November 7th, the Jamestown Audubon Center will host an 11 am First Friday Lunch Bunch program on The Birds of the Seaway Trail to conclude the 2008 Birds of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail series.

The series sponsors include the Seaway Trail Foundation, Town of Hounsfield, Key Bank, National Grid, New York State Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, North Country Bird Club, Roger Tory Peterson Institute, and Bird Coalition of Rochester. # # #