Today is the first day of winter and as 2018 draws to a close members of Audubon societies throughout the United States will be conducting winter birds counts. The counts are conducted each year as way to determine the trend of bird species throughout the country. Individual Audubon societies conduct their bird counts and then submit their data to the National Audubon Society. 119 winter counts were conducted  in the US in 2018 that counted over 495,000 birds. Dr. Christine Brodsky of the Sperry-Galligar Audubon Society joined KRPS to speak about the importance of winter bird counts and what they tell us about the overall health of the bird species.