The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 12, 2012

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Christmas Bird Count calls

“It is solved by walking.”

-Ancient proverb

Participating in the annual Christmas Bird Count is an excellent way to get out-of-doors while learning more about our feathered friends and meeting some great people who share our enthusiasm for conservation.

This is an invitation to join tens of thousands of volunteers in the Audubon Society’s 114th Annual Christmas Bird Count that takes place tomorrow through Jan. 15.

You can learn more about the local bird counting efforts by visiting This web site is packed with lots of interesting information, narratives and statistics from previous year’s counts and bird identification guides.

When the annual counts are combined with surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey, it provides a picture of how populations have changed in the past century.

Additional information on bird counts may be obtained from Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count web site at, or on the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology’s site,

Outdoor gift shopping

If you’re still looking for a perfect gift for the outdoor enthusiasts on your list, you may want to check out the “The Outdoor Shop” on the Pa. Game Commission’s web site

Your gift shopping will also help wildlife because a portion of the revenue from any purchases made from the Game Commission supports local programs.

One gift that’s always in demand is the Commission’s full-color calendar, which sells for $8.95. The 2013 calendar features a year’s worth of dramatic wildlife photos. The subjects in the calendar include: screech owl, muskrat, Carolina wren, male turkey, Eastern bluebird, black bear, a pair of bald eagles, trio of white-tailed deer, bull elk, drake wood duck, ruffed grouse, and a beautiful buck.

In addition, the 2013 calendar includes tentative hunting and trapping seasons, a reminder about National Hunting and Fishing Day, and many other interesting bits of information about wildlife and the outdoors.

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