The annual Christmas Bird Count was scheduled for Sunday. Sponsored by the Audubon Society of St. John, part of the Society’s nationwide annual survey of birds which includes 55,000 volunteers. The purpose of the count is to monitor the number and population of bird species. "It helps to see what birds are doing well, and which ones are in decline," Laurel Brannick-Trager, president of the V.I. Audubon Society told the Virgin Islands Daily News. Results will be included in a "State of the Birds Report" to be issued next year. The VI Audubon Society’s Web site has some tips on the best places for island bird watching.