|Christmas Bird Count 2016|
Welcome to the Anchorage Audubon Christmas Bird Count 2016
Saturday, December 17
This year's count will be Saturday, December 17th followed by the Tally Party and Chili Feed Potluck at the First Congregational Church, 2610 E. Northern Lights Blvd. just east of Lake Otis. Park in the lot on the east side of the church and enter through the glass doors on that side (lower level of the building).
To sign up: Register as a participant in the 2016 Christmas Bird Count at the National Audubon Christmas Bird Count site, www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count . Participation is free but National Audubon is always happy to accept an on line donation to continue their important work, including support of the Christmas Bird Count.
Contact your Area Leader. (Our new leaders in Areas 2&3 have the lists of participants from past years in those areas.) If you don’t already have an area from past years where you also want to count this year, you can choose the area of town where you would like to count from the map on the back of this page. Then contact that area leader for further instructions on when and where to meet. If you have not participated in the past in your preferred area, you must contact your Area Leader at least one week before the count date to participate in that area.
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 in the entire United States. WE beat out New York, LA, Chicago, San Diego, and oodles more. We totally rock 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/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count
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.