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Christmas Bird Count Event - Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic

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Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic celebrates the holidays with the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. More than a hundred ornithologists, tour guides and bird enthusiasts explore the rainforest by foot and aerial tram to monitor populations, while also identifying species new to the area. The data helps illustrate the behavior of migrating bird species.

Bird Species Counting Tradition

The Christmas Bird Count is considered to be within the most important educational and scientific events of the Americas. It brings together bird watching aficionados to study habitats and stress the importance of preservation.

This event, organized by the Audubon Society, brings together about 50,000 birders in 2,000 spots in the Americas. This tradition dates back to 1900, when ornithologist Frank Chapman, called to end the shooting of birds that took place during the holidays. Mr. Chapman suggested that instead, the people should meet to count them. Thus began the Christmas Bird Count. Recognition goes to the circle with the most species of birds.

At Rainforest Adventures, bird populations find a sustainable habitat in which to stay, thanks to the species of plants that serve as food and shelter for the birds.

In 2008 at Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic, the most observed bird was the Grey-breasted Martin (Progne chalybea), with 354 individuals spotted. The park recorded seven new species, an overall total 397 bird species and 9,211 individuals.

In the 111th Christmas Bird Count (2010), the most observed bird was the White-collared Swift (Streptoprocne zonaris) with 258 individuals spotted and the Chestnut-sided Warbler (Dendroica pensylvanica) with 231 individuals spotted.

CBC Data at Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic During the Last 9 Years

White Collared Swift

Species Counted: 358
Individuals Counted: 7,304

Species Counted: 382
Individuals Counted: 10,007
New Species Counted: 4

Species Counted: 397
Individuals Counted: 9,211
New Species Counted: 7

Species Counted: 391
Individuals Counted: 9,817
New Species Counted: 12

Species Counted: 400
Individuals Counted: 13,343
New Species Counted: 14

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Species Counted: 403
Individuals Counted: 13,356
New Species Counted: 20

Species Counted: 341
Individuals Counted: 9,507
New Species Counted: 16

Species Counted: 376
Individuals Counted: 10,643
New Species Counted: 34

Species Counted: 400
Individuals Counted: 14,103

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