Archive for December 2012

Counting Crows (and other species) in Central Park

CBC participants at the tally in the Arsenal (c) NYC Audubon

On Sunday December 16th, 73 intrepid birders braved the cool and drizzly conditions to conduct the 113th annual Christmas Bird Count in Central Park. Started by the American Museum of Natural History’s Frank Chapman in 1900, this annual count now takes place across the Western Hemisphere, involved more that 60,000 people in a vast citizen science study. Data from the count help track bird populations over time and have been used to document how birds are responding to climate change. This year’s counters in Central Park observed 57 species and 5,722 individuals, up markedly from last year’s total of 3,288 birds. Thanks to everyone who helped and our great partners at the New York City Department Parks and Recreation and the Central Park Conservancy for making this year’s count a success.

- John Rowden