Join The Fun at the Annual Christmas Bird Count
This holiday season, birdwatchers and nature lovers have an excellent opportunity to learn more about our birds, and help scientists trying to conserve them. On Monday, Dec. 19th, experienced and novice birders alike are invited to participate in Saipan's Annual Christmas Bird Count.
Started in 1900 by the National Audubon Society, the Christmas Bird Count is the world's longest-running citizen science project. Last year, over 70,000 volunteers counted over 66 million birds of 2,403 species across North America, the Pacific Islands, and Caribbean. The CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife has organized local counts for over 25 years, typically tallying thousands of birds and 50-plus species.
Volunteers for the Saipan Count will meet at 6am at American Memorial Park to divide into teams for roadside and walking surveys. Teams will spread out to cover the island, finding and recording as many birds and bird species as possible. Bring binoculars if you have them, but it's okay if you don't.