provided to Santiva Chronicle
The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society conducted its annual Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, Dec. 14 with 115 participants counting a total of 9,164 birds comprised of 94 different species. The results of the San-Cap count will be reported to the National Audubon Society and will become part of the 120th Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC).
The overall count was down considerably from previous years. The morning thunderstorm and subsequent windy conditions were big factors and the residual effects of the red tide infestation may have also played a part. The high tidal conditions in “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge also contributed to the low count particularly for shorebirds.
Audubon Christmas Bird Counts are conducted throughout much of the Western Hemisphere from mid-December through early January. The CBC is a fertile source of historical information on the status and distribution of early winter bird populations and is studied by scientists and interested individuals the world over.
San-Cap Audubon sincerely thanks all those who took part in this year’s successful Christmas Bird Count. Many thanks also to Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation for their count support and use of their facilities and J.N. “Ding” Darling NWR for their count contributions and continued support.