Dec 16,Sat, 2017
You are invited to participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds.
SPAS’ day to count all the birds in our circle is Saturday, December 16.
Our 15-mile circle has been determined by National Audubon Society. Many years ago SPAS divided our circle into 15 areas; 15 teams are formed to census one area.
SPAS count team members canvass a designated area within the SPAS 15-mile diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear. The specific start and end times are determined by each team. The count is not just a species tally-all birds are counted all day, giving an indication of the total number of birds in the circle that day.
If your home is within the boundaries of the SPAS CBC circle, then you can stay at home and report the birds that visit your feeder on count day as long as you have made prior arrangement with the count compiler.
There is no cost to being a volunteer counter. However, there is a cost if you want a copy of all the current year data.
If you are a beginning birder or CBC counter, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced CBC birdwatcher. There is no cost to being a counter. There is a fee if you want to receive a report of all the current year data.
As of November 1, SPAS is still seeking a coordinator for the 2017 SPAS CBC. We have all the maps and forms from past years. For detailed NAS information about compiler resources, go to http://www.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count-compiler-resources.
If you are available or interested in this short-term position, please contact Chase Davies, SPAS Board Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651 633 1663.