A&M-Central Texas Science Club Participates in 1st Annual Fort Hood Christmas Bird Count

Top row left to right: Casey Garrett, Tyler Phillips, Dr. Weiser Erlandson, Robert Frick, Ms. Lauren Schachner, Kaitlyn Clark, Brad Burden. Bottom row left to right: Zuberi Ashraf, Tara Nawrocki.

On December 15, the members of the TAMUCT Science Club braved the cold weather and headed over to Fort Hood to participate in the 1st Annual Fort Hood Christmas Bird Count (CBC).  The CBC is the longest-running citizen science survey of the bird species.  It began on Christmas day in 1900 by Frank Chapman of the Audubon Society.  The data collected from the CBC are used to study long-term health and the status of bird populations across North America.

The students and faculty were led by Ms. Jackelyn Ferrer-Perez, Program Manager and Wildlife Biologist at Fort Hood Directorate of Public Works, Natural Resources Management Branch’s Adaptive and Integrative Management program.  They were instructed on spotting and identifying different species of bird at four different locations on Fort Hood.  At the end of the day, the group spotted a total of 31 different species of bird.

“We are proud to be a part of this inaugural event on Fort Hood,” Dr. Weiser Erlandson, associate professor of Biology and club advisor, said. “The students learned a lot about birding.  This was a great experience for them!”