Our annual Christmas Bird Count will be on Saturday December 30th, 2017! Ron Jasiuk and Russ McGillivary are organizing this year’s event. We be sending out more details and invitations very soon!
In the past, we’ve had six different teams, each with an area (outlined on the map to the left). As well, we welcome the data from others who contribute Feeder Watch data. This event is not only about identifying and counting birds. It’s about sharing our enthusiasms together, both during the actual counting as we drive and walk through our assigned zones, and then afterwards as we gather for an informal potluck dinner and sharing session. Drivers, photographers, recorders, and general naturalists are needed — as well as good birders! (I’m personally fortunate to be linked up with a good birder!) We start in the early morning, and count until a lunch break, getting in and out of cars to more carefully scan significant areas. Some sort of lunch break is arranged within each group. Then, later in the afternoon, we gather to have our potluck sharing session. (For those who want, you are welcome to spend some time Friday evening listening for owls as well!)
Last year, because of our cold weeks earlier in December there was no open water other than in streams and creeks so that waterfowl were all but absent in late 2016.
However, this Christmas Bird Could is not about bigger or better numbers — it’s about getting as detailed an inventory each year to build into larger patterns. Let’s see how the numbers from this year turn out!