On December 19th, Sanibel Sea School is set to participate in The National Audubon Society’s 116th annual Christmas Bird Count, one of the world’s longest-running citizen science projects. Staff members will volunteer their time to assist with species identification and data collection on Sanibel’s East End. Teams will be sent out on foot, by car, and by boat to ensure sufficient coverage of the area. 

“Many of our educators at the Sea School are bird fanatics,” says Director of Education Nicole Finnicum, “we’re very excited to share our knowledge in a way that will assist with Audubon’s bird conservation efforts.” 

In past years, more than 30,000 volunteers have observed approximately 2,400 species of birds around the world during the Christmas Bird Count. Audubon uses the information collected to better understand global bird populations and to guide their conservation work. “It’s the perfect reason to get your friends and family together for a morning of birding,” says Finnicum.