(KNPR’s Carrie Kaufman) The Christmas bird count has been around for a long time. It started in 1900, and it was proposed by an ornithologist named Frank Chapman. Why count birds?
(Doug Chang) The reason we count birds is that it’s really the only way we can determine, over time, what has happened to species. Particularly now, we can correlate the data with long term climate change. We are starting to find out patterns of birds in terms of what will help them thrive and what is getting in the way of their surviving.
Listen to the interview with Red Rock Audubon Society’s Doug Chang