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Counting on Birds

Wednesday, December 3, 8pm: Discover how a love of birds has inspired people to research and document common and distinctive species - from chickadees in New England to Ecuador’s musical manakins, to the forests of Cuba - through the annual “Christmas Bird Count.”

Tune in for live interviews with expert western New England Bird Counters! We'll talk to Janice Jorgensen, a Christmas Bird Count Leader in Hampshire County; Seth Kellogg, who contributes the "Birds of the Air" column to the Springfield Republican; and Hadley Garden Nursery Manager Dan Ziomek, who began participating in the Northampton Christmas Bird Count when he was sixteen, and hasn’t missed a year since. For more than thirty years he has gone out in the bitter cold at midnight to count owls!

Counting on Birds

For people who love to observe birds, the annual Christmas bird count is a time to note their migratory habits and health. More than a century ago, ornithologist Frank Chapman redirected a Christmas-time tradition of revelers shooting birds to a new Yuletide recreation: counting birds.

In Counting on Birds, host Will Lange travels to Cuba, Ecuador, Keene and Errol, NH, and Maine to meet people dedicated to birds and this census. Keene was one of the first locations for the inaugural 1900 count; today, more than 60,000 people participate in the count.

Discover how a love of birds has inspired people to research and document common and distinctive species. From chickadees in New England to Ecuador’s musical manakins, to the forests of Cuba, Will Lange visits the habitats and havens of these migratory bird species. The resulting census from these birders’ efforts supports science and conservation and may lead to a healthier bird population.

Saturday, January 4 at 5:30pm
Sunday, January 5 at 11:30am and 6:30pm