San-Cap Audubon conducts Christmas Bird Count
On Dec. 19, the Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society conducted its annual Christmas Bird Count.
Officials reported that 113 participants counted a total of 15,975 birds, comprised of 96 different species. The overall count was about average. The fish and eel kill caused by the current red tide bloom contributed to a historically large number of laughing gulls and pelicans being in the count. Cold temperatures may have also played a part in high or low totals for some specific species.
The results will be reported to the National Audubon Society and will become part of the 121st Audubon Christmas Bird Count, officials continued. The CBC is conducted throughout much of the Western Hemisphere from mid-December through early January. It is a fertile source of historical information on the status and distribution of early winter bird populations and is studied by scientists and interested individuals the world over.
The San-Cap Audubon thanked all those who took part in this year’s CBC, along with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation for its support and the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge for its count contributions and continued support.