Manitowish Waters will hold its annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count Saturday.
Groups throughout the Northwoods and across North America help track long term trends in winter bird populations.
It’s the twenty first year of the Manitowish Waters count. Coordinator John Bates says over that time he’s seen significant change in bird populations. This year he’s expecting low numbers, especially of seed-eating birds that often travel here from Canada.
Early fall marks the annual migration of songbirds as they begin to pass through Wisconsin, heading south for the winter.
The Department of Natural Resources says homeowners can help the warblers, thrushes and other songbirds on their arduous journey by helping supply food sources and habitat. Wildlife Biologist Ryan Brady says small backyard changes can actually make a big difference.