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Christmas Bird Count at Fermilab

Christmas Bird Count at Fermilab

Dec 16, 2017
Fermilab Natural Areas | S. Kirk Rd. at Pine St. | Batavia, IL 60510 | 630.896.3219

Dec 16, 2017
Fermilab Natural Areas
S. Kirk Rd. at Pine St.
Batavia, IL 60510


As part of a national bird census organized by the Audubon Society, a Christmas Bird Count has been held in the Fermilab area every year since 1976. The count is performed by groups of volunteer birdwatchers who spend the day counting all the birds they can find in a circle which is 15 miles in diameter and centered on the northern boundary of the Fermilab site.

The diversity of habitats to be found on the 6,800 acre site of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) make it a favorite location for birdwatchers in Chicago's western suburbs. As a result the site has produced a large array of unusual bird sightings including a Gargany Teal which in 1982 attracted birdwatchers to site from as far away as Arizona. Since 1987 the Fermilab's bird population has been intensively monitored, resulting in extensive data on what birds can be seen on the site and where and when they can be found. The Fermilab website has additional information for the interested visitor. The exact date of the count varies but is always on a Saturday about a week before Christmas day. (So far, the earliest date was Dec 14 and the latest was Dec 21.)

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