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Christmas Bird Count Totals Compiled
Results from the 99th annual Joplin Christmas Bird Count included sightings of 65 species of birds, with over 6950 individual birds counted. Led by birders from the Ozark Gateway Audubon Society in conjunction with Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, twenty-six participants performed the count on Saturday, December 28. The Bird Count area covered a 15-mile radius, expanding from the central point of 32nd Street and Duquesne Road.
Larry Herbert, Bird Count compiler, stated that this is an average amount of species sighted for Joplin. Other observations included a decrease in sparrows and blackbirds compared to other years, and an unusually high amount of ducks.
Species sighted, with total birds sighted within the species, are as listed below:
Prior to the turn of the century, people engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas "Side Hunt": They would choose sides and go afield with their guns; whoever brought in the biggest pile of feathered (and furred) quarry won.
Conservation was in its beginning stages around the turn of the 20th century, and many observers and scientists were becoming concerned about declining bird populations. Beginning on Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman, an early officer in the then budding Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition-a "Christmas Bird Census"-that would count birds in the holidays rather than hunt the. Thus began the Christmas Bird Count (courtesy of www.audubon.org).
For more information about the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center or to register for programs, please call (417) 782-6287 or log on to our website at www.wildcatglades.audubon.org.
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