Provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
It’s almost time for the Christmas Bird Count and volunteers are needed to help count birds in the Yaquina Bay area on Sunday, January 5, 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 114th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count participants will count as many species and number of individual birds as they can within a 24 hour period.
Considered the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Christmas Bird Count data provides critical data on population trends. “Tens of thousands of participants 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 birding 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 Rocks and eastward to Toledo. About half of the Count Circle is offshore. The count circle includes a variety of habitats attractive to birds including a national wildlife refuge, three state parks, two county parks and more. The local count is sponsored by the Yaquina Birders and Naturalists. During Yaquina Bay’s last count in December 2012, 41 birdwatchers in the field and at backyard feeders recorded 142 species of birds. “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 email@example.com to sign up or to get more information.