Across the country, volunteers help to launch the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count, going strong for more than 100 years. Researchers hope the results will tell them how birds are faring. They're watching this year's count closely, as birds have weathered a record wildfire season and struggled to recover from the 2005 hurricanes.
Geoff LeBaron, director, Christmas Bird Count, National Audubon Society
Peter Yaukey, biogeographer, chair, Department of Geography, University of New Orleans