Mississauga, Hamilton and Oakville bird lovers can soon take part in a 124-year-old tradition


Published December 8, 2023 at 3:46 pm

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If you live in Mississauga, Oakville, Halton Hills or Hamilton and love both birds and the festive season, you can take part in a tradition that got its start in 1900. 

Ontario Nature recently announced that the Mississauga‐Oakville nature group is taking part in this year’s Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs).  

For those who are unaware, there’s a significant network of nature groups in Ontario called the Nature Network and this holiday season, at least 52 of those groups are leading CBCs. In a news release, Ontario Nature said the Christmas Bird Count is North America’s longest-running wildlife census. 

“Bird lovers of all ages and skill levels are invited to celebrate the 124th CBC by joining one of the many counts happening across Ontario this holiday season,” the news release said. 

Local chapters participating in the count include the Hamilton Naturalists Club, Halton/North Peel Naturalists and the South Peel Naturalists Club (which serves Oakville and Mississauga). 

This year’s count will run from Dec. 14, 2023, to Jan. 5, 2024. 

“The Nature Network group counts are a fun way to learn more about birds and support their conservation. Count leaders are friendly and inclusive. Whether you are new to birding or have years of experience, you’ll be welcomed,” Ontario Nature said in a news release.

“When you join a count, you get outdoors, spend time with other nature lovers and collect data that informs bird conservation.”

Ontario Nature says scientists use the data collected to monitor the health and status of resident and migratory birds over time, which helps develop conservation strategies. 

Some CBCs are also geared towards children. 

Bird counts are free to join. 

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