County coordinators are assigned to organize the counts in each county. Volunteers are assigned regions and fan out, counting every bird they can find in their region. The count period is 24 hours and is either on a Saturday or Sunday, depending on the preferences of the coordinator.
The main goal of the NAMC to gather bird migration data that can help inform decision makers on issues that pertain to birds. Data has been collected since the early 90’s and that data is currently being processed in a central database with the expressed intent of having the data analyzed at a future date. A secondary goal of this project is to get more people into the field enjoying birds. Since these two dates provide some of the most productive birding of the year, we hope to use this event as a showcase for our state’s avian wonders and promote bird conservation and appreciation.