ABNC is an active group of people sharing an appreciation of nature’s many forms. We have birders, geologists, star watchers, and plant enthusiasts — a full spectrum of interests. If you have an interest in nature, whether a beginner or experienced observer, we welcome you.
Join us at our meetings, field trips, and institutes where you will find a friendly reception and people with similar interests. There are a lot of exciting programs scheduled for the months ahead–check our event schedule, or come by for a visit!
The Athol Bird and Nature Club maintains the Millers River Environmental Center.
I Athol Christmas Bird Count Circle
It is that time of year again. December 14th the Athol Bird adn nature Club will embark on the annual Christmas Bird Count. This is the 114th year of the count which is sponsored by the National Audubon Society. The Athol team hasn’t been around quite that long, but our count has been an annual right of winter since the mid 1960′s . The Athol count is divided into 12 zones with a zone captain designated for each area. This allows for consistent and thorough cover of the circle and helps to minimize double counting birds observed. The goal is to count all the individual birds of all species which over time and combined with the other counts in the region give a snapshot of the wintering populations of our birds and allows scientists to make population estimates and changing distribution of birds.
Saturday, December 14, all day Christmas Bird Count Join this “Citizen Science” project, the longest continuously running bird data in the area. Contact Dave Small for additional information and to participate in this nationwide annual event: 978-413-1772 or email@example.com. Note: team leaders and participants will meet again this year at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 main Street Athol. We will gather between 6:00 and 7:00 am and plan to hit the field by 7:00 am. We’ll have coffee availableand potluck breakfast treats to share would be great to bring. Please let me know if you have a good dish you can provide we can pick up the day before and heat up that morning at the Center…
Saturday, December 14, 4:30 PM Christmas Bird Count TallyJoin the gang for a pot luck dinner as we tally the days findings you don’t need to have been in the field to join in the fun of discovering what birds are located here in the area.