72nd Eugene Christmas Bird Count: 'We're getting good numbers'

72nd Eugene Christmas Bird Count: 'We're getting good numbers'

EUGENE, Ore. -- A group of birdwatchers kept an annual holiday tradition alive Sunday by participating in Eugene’s 72nd Christmas Bird Counting.

The group divided into teams, hoping to spot and record as many individual species of birds as possible.

The National Audubon Society has been hosting similar Christmas Bird Counting events for 114 years. Audubon representative Bruce Newhouse said that the group ends their fun day of bird watching by tallying up their totals over dinner.

“For what we're doing we're getting good numbers that show long-term trends, where species are declining and increasing,” said Newhouse.

Newhouse said last year they found 70 species in the area, however this year has been slower. He believes the cold weather we've been experiencing might've played a role.