Invitation to participate in the Spring Bird Count for Cook County

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 

ILLINOIS SPRING BIRD COUNT FOR COOK COUNTY

~ TO TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018 ~

For those who have participated in the bird count in Cook County in the past, and those who would like to participate for the first time (even if you only count birds in your backyard or neighborhood for a few hours), Chicago Audubon has made a report form available (click here), which you can download and/or print out, collect information on the bird species and numbers you see on Saturday, May 5 in Cook County, and then either email the filled out form to Cook County compiler Alan Anderson at [email protected] or mail it to Alan Anderson at 1633 Howard Avenue, Des Plaines, IL 60018, by May 22.

Many people have participated year after year since May of 1972 when the first Spring Bird County took place. They have gathered important data on our bird populations, including both year round resident populations and, especially, migrant birds. Many participants cover the same locations each year as they know those habitats in more detail. This data is especially important for comparison purposes. Over time, for many reasons, we lose some participants and so we welcome new volunteers to participate in this important event.

For more background on the history of the Illinois Spring Bird Count, see the Illinois Natural History Survey website:

http://wwx.inhs.illinois.edu/collections/birds/sbc/.

There you will find forms, see who are the compilers/coordinators in each county, and you can search past data. For those who have participated in the past and cover many areas, we also have an Excel format report form. Let the county compiler know you would like to have that form emailed to you.

Thanks so much to all who have participated in past years,

and we welcome those who wish to help out this year for the first time!

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