Regardless of where you live, you can go out on December 25th and keep track of all the birds that you see (to find more information about the event see the CBC webpage). Then using their online data entry system, you upload your data along with everyone else keeping track of what they see. The result is an incredible amount of data of birds seen in one day of the year across a wide geographic range.
The best part? All of their data is online and available to use!
- Where have we found certain species over time (to look at range shifts over time)?
- How many of a certain species were seen in one location over time (to look at population fluctuations)?
- How do two species locations or quantities compare to one another over time?
Once you have told the database what data you want – by choosing species, year range, and country/region – you can either do a quick view of the data and/or download the data and quick graph as a .pdf, .xls, .doc, or .csf files.
Bring this long term time series of birds, something kids can wrap their heads around easily, to your ecology and organism units!
Visit the Christmas Bird Count data portal @ http://netapp.audubon.org/cbcobservation/!