More people than ever volunteered for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count in Petersburg this year. It took place on December 14th and despite the nasty weather, a record 14 people turned out. Like thousands of other participants in North America and elsewhere, they spent the 24 hours recording the number and species of birds they observed in the area.

The National Audubon Society started the event 114 years ago and Petersburg has taken part since 1988 according to local organizer Brad Hunter who told Matt Lichtenstein about this year’s count: For mobile-friendly, downloadable audio. click here.

Northern Pygmy Owl. File photo by ADF&G.

To find out more about the Chirstmas Bird Count, you can visit Audubon Alaska’s website.