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Christmas Bird Count

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When: Dec 30, 2017 from 07:00 am to 05:00 pm

What’s the oldest and grandest tradition in birding? Christmas Bird Counts, of course! All over the Americas, birders will be participating in one-day counts between Dec. 15, 2017 and Jan. 6, 2018.

Christmas Bird Count 2013 - Tinsley Hunsdorfer
Christmas Bird Counters plan their route through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Contact: 971-222-6121
Joe Liebezeit - jliebezeit@audubonportland.org
Candace Larson - clarson@audubonportland.org

The Portland Christmas Bird Count wants YOU…

…to count birds on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017! Whether spending an entire day in the field or even just an hour watching your bird feeder, you can contribute significantly to our knowledge of bird life in the Portland area — even if you’re a beginning birder. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen science project in North America. The results have provided critical information on the status and changes in bird populations over the 117 years it has been conducted. Please help out this year!

Begun in 1900 as an alternative to the traditional hunts of anything that flew during Christmas Day, hundreds of Christmas Bird Counts are now conducted throughout the Western Hemisphere, and they continue to contribute valuable scientific data to the longest existing records of bird population trends. An amazing bibliography of Christmas Bird Count research and the entire historical record can be found here. Naturally, everyone likes the idea of contributing to science, but the real reason they’ve exploded in popularity? They’re so much fun!

All over the Americas, birders will be participating in one-day counts between Dec. 15, 2017 and Jan. 6, 2018. The Audubon Society of Portland conducted its first Christmas Bird Count in 1926. Last year 221 field observers and 128 feeder watchers found 118 species. Those 349 participants made the Portland CBC the second largest in the United States!

Each Christmas Bird Count attempts to count all the birds in a 15-mile-diameter circle on one given day. Check out the detailed CBC Google map to view the areas and subareas of the CBC to see where you'd like to participate. 

CBC Map

 

 You can participate in the count as a 'field observer' or as a 'feeder watcher'. Contact one of the leaders of the CBC near you (listed below) to sign up. To take part in the CBC Feeder Watch fill out this form.

Area 1 (Columbia Riparian):
Colby Neuman 
801-598-4367
Colby.neuman@gmail.com

Area 2 (Southeast Portland): 
Dan Strong
971-717-1538
dancbcpdx@gmail.com

Area 3 (Lake Oswego): 
Lynn Herring
503-442-8973
lynnhe@outlook.com

Area 4 (Beaverton): 
Lori Hennings
503-797-1940 or 503-329-5003
lori.hennings@oregonmetro.gov

Area 5 (Northwest Hills/Forest Park): 
Joe Liebezeit
971-222-6121 or 503-329-6026
jliebezeit@audubonportland.org

In addition to the Portland count, roughly 50 other counts will be conducted in Oregon and SW Washington during the three weeks surrounding the holidays. A list of counts in NW Oregon and SW Washington can be found here  — and it’ll be updated regularly as counts are added, so check often!

View a summary of the 90‐year history of the count, with details for the last 10 years, and take a look at Christmas Bird Count FAQs.

 
Northern Pygmy Owl - Scott Carpenter
Northern Pygmy Owl - Scott Carpenter
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