Christmas Bird Counts
The Audubon Society conducts an annual Christmas Bird Count during the Holiday Season. This year’s count season runs from Monday, December 14th, 2016, through Tuesday, January 5, 2017. This is the 117th season of such counts.
This year the Central Sierra Chapter sponsors and supports three different Christmas Bird Counts, the first one in Tuolumne County, the Groveland CBC, will be on Wednesday, December 14, the Sonora CBC will be on Saturday, December 17th and one in Calaveras County, the Calaveras CBC to be held on Sunday, January 1, 2016. This marks the 3nd local Sonora Count. Started in 1985 with about eight people, we now field over 40 intrepid enthusiasts each year to count our avian population. The Groveland CBC, was originally established by Bill Zachman in 2007. Unfortunately, Bill is not able to continue the count, but CSAS will continue the count. These counts are three of over 2300 worldwide.
Each count is conducted within a 15-mile diameter circle. The circle is divided into smaller sectors covered by teams of observers, usually made up of 2 to 10 birders. Both experienced and novice birders are included in each team. This provides excellent mentoring while gathering meaningful scientific data on a national and even international scale. At the end of each count day a potluck supper is held somewhere near the count circle area. It’s a great time for socializing and recapping the day’s efforts.
Click on the links below to find out more about each count circle sponsored by Central Sierra Audubon.
Feeder Watchers also Needed for Sonora Area CBC
For those of you who cannot get out in the field on December 19th, you can stay in the comfort and warmth of our own home and tally the birds that come into your yard and/or feeders, and then send the results to me. If you can do that, contact me and I’ll send you flexible guidelines.