If you have not yet seen this month’s issue of National Geographic Magazine, it’s January, 2018 The Year of the Birds. If you’ve ever wondered how much birds mean to us here on earth, this is a good place to start finding out.
One of the things I like to do is participate in the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Counts, in Sarasota, Bradenton, and as leader of a small part of the Fort DeSoto count which encompasses the north end of Anna Maria Island. I have even gone so far as San Blas, Mexico, to do a CBC. But that’s ancient history.
And all in all, it’s a bit of citizen science, as records go back more than 100 years. And the data shows that many bird species are in trouble. Here’s an article from the Island Sun that you might find interesting about the most recent CBC here on AMI.