Above seasonal temperatures are expected for the Nicola Naturalists Society's 20th Christmas Bird Count.
Despite expecting above freezing temperatures on Sunday, President Alan Burger isn't sure whether they can eclipse the 65 species counted in 2017.
"I suspect that we won’t get a record number this Christmas. It had been very cold, and a lot of the smaller ponds are frozen over. That often keeps many of the water fowl species away."
The Nicola Naturalists Society's Christmas Bird Count was first held in Merritt in 1995.
The data collected through Sunday's count is forwarded to the Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada, with the data used to track changes in the distribution and abundance of bird populations across North America.
City of Merritt not seeing much of an increase in revenue from tickets after hiring a second bylaw officer this summer.
Director of Corporate Services Sean Smith says from July 3rd to Sept 21st the city's two bylaw officers responded to 241 incidents.
"There was a slight increase in tickets, but it wasn't gigantic. But there was quite a bit of work done to streamline some of our internal procedures. But, given there was only a three month overlap before one of our bylaw officers moved on, there really isn’t enough data to give any deep analysis."
Since Sept 21st, the city has operated with just one officer, but Smith says they are actively trying to fill the second position.
Because the city already budgeted for a second seasonal bylaw officer, the additional cost to employ a second officer full-time is $32,500 a year.