Maine birders take part in Christmas Bird Count

Posted Dec. 17, 2011, at 11:45 a.m.

FALMOUTH, Maine — Bird enthusiasts are fanning out across Maine to record their bird sightings as part of the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count.

The event, now in its 112th year, kicked off nationally on Wednesday. Bird-watching groups with Maine Audubon began their bird-counting excursions in Maine on Saturday.

In all, nearly 30 groups will take to the field between Saturday and Jan. 1 to record their observations in Maine. The results are sent to the National Audubon Society to track the migratory patterns of birds.

About 55,000 volunteers are participating in all 50 states, Canada and parts of Central and South America. Maine Audubon says a couple of hundred volunteers will take part in Maine.

Online: www.maineaudubon.org