The Christmas Bird Count dates back to the 1900s originating in the eastern United States. It was about 60 years ago that Alberta started to conduct its own count. According to ecologist and author Chris Fisher, bird count numbers have fluctuated over the years, mostly a result of cities expanding and taking over bird habitat.
Still Fisher sees some positives in terms of the number of Bald Eagles and Finches that are remaining in the province over the winter months. And ...this even included some waterfowl that have managed to find open water.