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The 120th Year of the Christmas Bird Count

Audubon Nebraska invites people to participate in annual count

Omaha, NE (December 6, 2019) – Nebraskans are invited to participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), a community science program that provides data for Audubon and other organizations to assess the health of bird populations and guide conservation action. The counts occur nationwide from Saturday, December 14, through Sunday, January 5, with over a dozen areas open to count across the state of Nebraska. The local counts for Omaha and Lincoln are set for Saturday, December 28.

Audubon’s recent climate report, “Survival by Degrees,” explains that two-thirds of North American birds are at risk of extinction due to climate change. The data collected from this count could provide additional information to drive stronger conservation actions and policies.

The CBC is not limited to avid birders, though. Everyone is welcome to participate in the count, from experts to kids and families.

“This is a great event for volunteers of all ages and experience levels,” said Jason St. Sauver, the Lincoln coordinator for this year’s CBC. “We get hundreds of volunteers that just love the outdoors and are interested in learning about birds and nature.”

Following the Lincoln CBC will be a social hour to discuss sightings and enjoy free pizza courtesy of Papa Murphy’s of Lincoln.

To participate in the Lincoln CBC, contact Jason at jstsauver@audubon.org or call (402) 797-2301.  For the count in Omaha, contact Richard Schmid at schmid_r@msn.com.

If you would like to participate in a different city, visit http://www.audubon.org/join-christmas-bird-count for more information on nearby counts and how to register.

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About Audubon

The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon works throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A nonprofit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive.

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Allison Christenson, Communications Coordinator

(701) 446-7502, allison.christenson@audubon.org

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