It is the way to get the most extensive, reliable, and scientific information about birds in North America.
According to Lorne Scott, Conservation Director with Nature Saskatchewan, bird counting is the source of that information.
Every year near the end of December, about three to four dozen people gather for a Christmas bird count event, which involves individuals counting the birds they see in parts of Regina and nearby rural areas.
“It’s not a competitive event, it’s just sort of a day to get out and to appreciate nature and birds,” stated Scott.
Scott explained the Christmas bird count was created in the United States approximately 100 years ago.
“So it’s been going on for a long time, and you can certainly see many trends,” said Scott. “Some species increasing, some species declining.”
Bird counting has been taking place in Saskatchewan for decades.
Anyone in the province can participate in such an event. Scott indicated just pick a day between mid-December and early January, head outside, and document how many birds you can see.
Scott explained you do not need to have an extensive knowledge of birds to take part in the bird count. He suggested, if you are with a group, the people with less knowledge usually team up with those with more experience.
When it comes to submitting the information you have collected, Scott said you either give it to a coordinator (if you are with an organized event) or to Nature Saskatchewan.
Those taking part in the Christmas bird count in Regina will be gathering at the Legislature at 8:30 a.m. on Boxing Day.