From February 1-28, the Annual Winter Community Cat Survey is OPEN and ACTIVE. (Survey Link)
Please follow link to contribute **information on Community Cats you have SEEN OR HEARD OF **Don’t worry, you do not need to give us information that would identify cats’ exact location.
What is the Winter Community Cat Survey
Have you heard of the Christmas Bird Count? That is a count that is repeated in exactly the same way every year at exactly the same time of year, so that year-to-year comparisons of population counts can be compared, and over time, long-term trends can be distinguished.
Citizen Scientists are critical to the success of these sorts of counts.
In the same way, the Annual Winter Community Cat Survey is a standardized method for counting Community Cats (cats that are unowned and live exclusively outdoors, including so-called barn, feral and stray cats). This Survey will be conducted during the month of February each year. Conducting the survey at the same time every year will allow year-to-year comparisons to be made, so that populations of unowned cats, and their spay-neuter status, can be tracked over time.
Why is this important?
The reason it is important to track Community Cat populations over time and to map these, is to provide at first, information on where spay-neuter work has been done and where large groups of unsterilized cats still occur; and second, over years’ time, if and when spay-neuter work is working to reduce colony size.
See results from the 2017 Annual Winter Community Cat Survey (link)
Already, the Community Cat Survey is helping us identify where spay-neuter is needed most. In 2014, Community Spay-Neuter Clinic conducted the first Annual Community Cat Count. Using reports from Citizen Scientists and others, we counted 5,682 cats in 767 different locations. The map below shows the distribution of these cats. Using this information, Community Spay-Neuter Clinic has raised funds to sterilize the large population of cats that were identified in the larger Georgetown-to-Bowdoin region.