More than 36 different bird species spotted as annual holiday tradition celebrates 58 years!
Birds are fascinating, fun to watch and an important part of our ecosystem. They are mobile and come in many shapes and sizes. Some even connect our hemispheres through their annual migrations.
Their sensitivity to changes in habitats and their environment make them important indicators of whether we are being good stewards of the planet.
Christmas Bird Counts engage bird enthusiasts of all ages to get outside and explore their love for nature while contributing to one of the world's oldest and most important wildlife censuses.
On Friday, December 16th 2022, Fundy National Park hosted its 58th annual Christmas Bird Count. Close to fifty participants explored, observed and counted birds throughout Fundy National Park and the village of Alma count area.
The day began with participants gathering at the Fundy National Park Salt and Fir Centre where they were divided into groups and sent off on specific counting routes.
Over 36 different species of birds were observed. Some of these included:
Black-capped chickadees, American Crows and Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers.
Some of the more interesting observations included: Boreal Chickadees, Northern Cardinals, a Winter Wren, and a Pileated Woodpecker. Even a Great Horned Owl was heard.
Birds were not the only observations made throughout the day. A raccoon, skunk and even a yellow-spotted salamander were seen.
In addition to groups venturing out into the park, a few participants stayed home and observed the activity at their feeders. These counts were submitted at the end of the day.
Observations and data recording contribute to identifying important long-term trends in winter bird communities.
Anyone wanting to participate in a bird count in the future is encouraged to find a count that is local to them. Visit
www.birdscanada.org for more info.