The Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count began in 1900 and is now an annual tradition that spans the Americas. During the holiday season, amateur birders report their findings in order to track species’ growth and declines. Nearly 30 counts occur in South Carolina each year, including on Kiawah and Seabrook islands and in McClellanville. Birders spend an entire day tallying sightings in a designated 15-mile diameter circle. To view a map of official counts and contact an administrator about participating, visit www.audubon.org/join-christmas-bird-count .