Join us for the Anchorage Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 14!
This year’s Anchorage Christmas Bird Count will happen on Sunday, December 14, and once again, it’s FREE! For the second time ever, UAA will host our After-The-Count Party and Tally in the Student Union Cafeteria. It’s a fabulous day of counting birds, a delectable Chili Feed, and a Rollicking Good Time!
So here’s what you have to do to join the fun: FIRST, call your Area Leader. Area maps and leader contact info are on our website at http://www.anchorageaudubon.org/content/view/35/60/. If you cannot reach your area leader, Contact Louann Feldmann at firstname.lastname@example.org The area leader will give you information about where that particular team will meet on Sunday, December 14, and what you need to do. We will do everything possible to place inexperienced counters with veteran groups.
SECOND: SIGN UP IN ADVANCE. There is NO FEE this year, but it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to sign up in advance. In the past, each participant has received a Christmas Bird Count magazine in the fall that details the findings of the CBC for the entire Continent. This year, the Count Re-cap will only be available electronically, and you will only receive it if your email is submitted through the sign-up process. Please do NOT but the burden of signing yourself up in the lap of your area leader. Sign up at http://netapp.audubon.org/cbc/public/
THIRD: Come to the party at the UAA Student Union Cafeteria. The party starts at 4:30. The Audubon Board will bring a fine assortment of chilis, toppings, and cornbread. Please bring a dessert or side dish to share. Park in front of the UAA Bookstore, and enter at the bookstore. FOURTH: If you’re out counting, wear as many layers as you own. Even driving teams will have all the vehicle windows down in order to hear anything that’s stirring.
And here’s the cool part. Anchorage is always at the TOP of the list of national participants in the CBC. This is not based on per capita–we have one of the highest absolute numbers of counters. Last year, Anchorage logged the EIGHTH HIGHEST number of participants in the entire United States. WE beat out New York, LA, Chicago, San Diego, and oodles more. We totally rocked the Christmas Bird Count. We hope you’ll join us so we can do it again.
The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is an organized continent-wide survey that documents every bird seen on a given day from sunrise to sunset. Since the turn of the 20th century, the Christmas Bird Count has contributed to the knowledge base of wintering birds in North America. This information is also important to allow scientists to detect fluctuations and trends of birds over a period of years. The count is an all-day event open to anyone wishing to participate. This is an excellent opportunity for novice bird watchers to join with seasoned veterans and learn more about identifying and finding the local birds. Home feeder-watchers are also needed. I would like to particularly encourage anyone with feeders in the Anchorage area who can spare at least one hour to watch their feeders to participate. The Christmas Bird Count is online with data from 1900 to the present at www.audubon.org/bird/cbc/index.html.
Participants are typically assigned to one of five areas in the Anchorage bowl (see map below) and will be assgined to a team based on their bird identification skill level and endurance. THIS YEAR, count participation is FREE. It is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY, however, that all field observers SIGN UP IN ADVANCE at http://netapp.audubon.org/cbc/public/ select login. The username to logon to the site has typically been your email address or if you are new in the system you will need to set up a new username and password. The reference code for the Anchorage CBC is “AKAN”.
We invite you to join us after the count at the UAA STUDENT UNION CAFETERIA for chili, hot drinks and a dessert potluck gathering beginning at 4:30 pm. We provide the chili and hot drinks but please feel free to bring a yummy dessert! This is a great time to socialize with other birders and watch as the final tally of each area’s results is tabulated. If you can’t make it on the 14th, please consider doing a Christmas Bird Count in another community. If you are interested in participating in the Anchorage CBC or would like further information, please contact the appropriate area leader listed below or Louann at email@example.com