Siouxlanders participate in longest wildlife census in North America | SiouxlandProud | Sioux City, IA


SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – The Christmas bird count, an event that turns a common hobby into proven statistics, is an annual tradition stretching back over 100 years in Sioux City.

Bill Huser and Roger Dietrich were on a mission Saturday to find Winter Wren and Carolina Wren, two species of birds that are rarely seen in Siouxland. Their effort is everything for the birds, one might say, but the numbers they compile are vital information and are added to the northern hemisphere’s oldest wildlife census.

“Researchers will be able to take that information about how many birds we see, but also the effort required to see that many birds, look at that information and draw conclusions about population trends,” Huser said.

the Christmas bird count began in 1900 when conservationists began to worry about bird conservation. The settlement is carried out by the National Audubon Society which sorts data submitted by tens of thousands of volunteers. Dietrich explained why he enjoys participating in every holiday season.

“It’s always fun to see different places, and you always see interesting things when you go out into the wild, especially when you do it with friends, and today we have a special goal to do that for the census. Christmas birds, but like Bill says, we do it all year round, ”Dietrich said.

The pair of friends were able to track nine different species in just an hour and still had other places to explore, but Huser said some of the birds won’t be around for much longer this year.

“This year, they probably haven’t stopped their migration yet. It took a while for them to head south due to the milder temperatures, but as things get cooler here some of the birds we can see today may continue south, ”Huser said.

Dietrich hopes he is as lucky as he is today when he takes part in the Yankton Christmas Bird Count.


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