"The count is a good way to keep track of birds and encourage bird watching as a whole", said Colin Blyth, local coordinator for this year's count. "If you would rather have someone come to your feeders and identify the birds, let me know and I will let the bird counters in your area know", Joan Holt said.
The annual bird count event organized by the Natural Audubon Society is free of charge and anyone can participate regardless of age.
The annual count - which is in its 117th year - helps researchers, conservation biologists, and others study North American bird populations over time.
Variations in San Juans' 28-year history have seen the Anna's Hummingbirds and Eurasian Collared-Doves numbers on the rise, while the population of seabirds and shorebirds has dropped precipitously over the years.
The participants will be led by a senior bird watch, who will also have the job of cataloging the group's finding.
The Edmonds/South Snohomish County CBC is performed in a count circle with a diameter of 15 miles that is centered near Martha Lake in Lynnwood. Zone captains organize volunteers in different sections of the circle. In a press release announcing the event, Chapter president and count compiler Valerie Barnes says, "The more people who participate, the more birds we'll find". Data compiled in Silver City will record every individual bird and bird species seen in our area, contributing to a vast citizen science network that continues a tradition stretching back more than 100 years.
It began in 1900 as an alternative to the tradition of a Christmas Day hunt.