Audubon ‘Christmas Bird Count’ Scheduled for Dec. 16

By Keith Bruno

Weminuche Audubon Society welcomes all local residents, visitors, and bird enthusiasts to join the longest running citizen science survey in the world, the Christmas Bird Count.

White-breasted Nuthatch. Photo by Susan McAdams

The Pagosa Springs count will take place on Saturday, December 16.
Participants are invited to attend the wrap-up party and chili dinner from 4-7pm at the PLPOA Clubhouse. (In the event of foul weather on the 16th, the proposed alternate date for the count is December 17.)

In order to prepare for the count, Audubon Rockies’ Keith Bruno will host a bird identification class, “Winter Birds 101”, on two evenings prior to the count — this Wednesday, November 29, and the following Wednesday, December 6, from 6-8pm at the Methodist Church meeting room on Lewis Street.

Belted Kingfisher. Photo by Byron Greco

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a 118 year-old program of the National Audubon Society. Each year, thousands of volunteers across the Western Hemisphere come together to participate in this early-winter bird census. The CBC provides critical data on bird population trends, with viewers logging what they see and hear within a 15-mile diameter. Individuals may submit counts from their backyard feeders (you will need to make arrangements with the count organizer) or join a team to traverse one of eight zones within Pagosa Springs’ count circle.

Bald Eagle. Photo by Ben Bailey

We hope you’ll join in on the fun, learning about birds, and contributing to citizen science. For more information about the Christmas Bird Count, visit the Audubon website or check out our local Weminuche Audubon website at weminucheaudubon.org.

To get involved, please contact Keith Bruno at kbruno@audubon.org.

Mountain Chickadee. Photo by Susan McAdams

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