It’s almost time for the Christmas Bird Count and volunteers are needed to help count birds in the Yaquina Bay area on Saturday, January 2nd from 7 AM to 4 PM.
Bird enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels, even beginners, are encouraged to participate in this free citizen science event. During the 116th Audubon Christmas Bird Count volunteers will count as many species and number of individual birds as they can from sunup to sundown.
Considered the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Christmas Bird Count data provides critical data on population trends. “Tens of thousands of volunteers know that it is also a great way to meet new people, explore new habitat, learn more about our feathered friends or simply sharpen your birdwatching identification skills,” said Dawn Harris who organizes and compiles the local count.
The Yaquina Bay count is within a 15 mile diameter circle that extends from Yaquina Head southward to Seal Rock and eastward to Toledo. About half of the Count Circle is offshore.
The local count is sponsored by the Yaquina Birders and Naturalists.
During Yaquina Bay’s last count, 40 birdwatchers in the field and at backyard feeders recorded 152 species. “Whether you want to be in the field or watch feeders from your window your participation is welcome” said Harris.
Contact Yaquina Bay Christmas Bird Count Compiler Dawn Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or to get more information.