Victoria Vosburg and Jen Cedarleaf have organized Sitka's version of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count for the last 12 years. Volunteers are needed to count birds on about 30 mapped routes this Saturday, December 29. A planning meeting and slideshow are scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight (Wed 12-26-18) at the Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center.
Earlier this month, Sitkans took part in the annual Christmas Bird Count, now in its 114th year. Originally founded on Christmas Day in 1900, the venerable study is being put to some decidedly modern uses, as scientists study the numbers collected by generations of citizen-scientists to track shifts in bird populations and territories due to climate change.