The Christmas Count
by David B. Coe
SCIFiction: Original • Kindle-friendly ((The Kindle-friendly version is NOT hosted on my site; this is a CGI script that filters the more annoying framing HTML from the story text. You can still save the filtered HTML and convert it for your Kindle (with some help from Amazon). And remember: don’t distribute this thing.))
Of the various things I learned since eBookifying the SCIFiction archives for myself is that bird-watching enthusiasts have a holiday tradition called The Christmas Bird Count. Basically, you wander out and count the number and kinds of birds you saw.
The results are sent to the Audubon Society, which generates statistics to identify environmental patterns and issues. It’s a win-win situation: a fun outing for bird watchers, and information for the Audubon Society.
But what if you see something a bit… out of the ordinary?