Bird Counts and Surveys in Timiskaming District
There are a number of ongoing bird surveys and monitoring programs that are being carried out in Timiskaming District. All are conducted by knowledgeable volunteers to improve our understanding of local bird populations and how they may be changing over time, while simultaneously contributing to Provincial and North American databases that are used by scientists to understand regional and continental trends in bird populations. This data helps provide us with early warning signs of species and habitats that may be in need of special conservation attention.
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is an annual event that takes place throughout North, Central and South America between mid-December and early January. Each count takes place during a single calendar day and covers the area within a circle measuring 24 kilometers in diameter. The birders are often out from dawn to dusk recording not only the different species seen, but also the number of individuals of each species. There are three currently active count circles in Timiskaming District where Christmas Bird Counts are conducted annually, Haileybury, Mountain Chutes, and Hilliardton Marsh. For count results, click HERE.
In addition to the formal Audubon Christmas Bird Counts conducted in Timiskaming District each year, the Kirkland Lake Nature Club has conducted a very similar annual count since 1952. It is conducted in the same manner as an Audubon count, but because they do not confine the count to the inside of a circle 24 kilometers in diameter, the results are considered non-standard, and therefore not accepted by the Audubon Society. Nevertheless, it is the longest continuously running survey in Timiskaming District, and has great value in providing some historical context to the early winter bird picture in Timiskaming. For count results, click HERE.