Conway’s Christmas Bird Count will be held Saturday, marking the 42nd consecutive count for the Conway area. Twenty-one counts were conducted in Arkansas last year, with Conway’s count one of the longer running counts for the state.
The Conway Christmas Bird Count takes place in a circular area with its center at the intersection of Oak and Harkrider Streets in downtown Conway and a radius of 71⁄2 miles. The same predesignated area is used each year. The local count will occur during the 24-hour period from midnight to midnight Saturday.
Participation in the Conway Christmas Bird Count is open to anyone at any skill level. Participants may join a field party for part or all of the day or report from your yard or feeder if it is in the count area. Martha Johnson is the organizer of the Conway count. Those wishing to participate or seeking more information should contact Johnson at 329-5214. Participants and their families are invited to meet at 6 p.m. after the count at the home of Art and Martha Johnson, 53 Meadowbrook Drive in Conway, for a potluck supper and a tally of count results.
The National Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada sponsor the Christmas Bird Count, which is now in its 110th year. Last year, 2,124 count circles were surveyed in North America and parts of Central and South America, with nearly 60,000 participants. Although many areas experienced adverse weather conditions, more than 65 million birds were reported. Count data are entered online, so count results are quickly available. In addition, count results from 1900 to the present can be viewed on Audubon’s Web site — www.audubon.org/bird/cbc.