The Olympia Christmas Bird Count – December 16th, 2018

The Olympia Christmas Bird Count – December 16th, 2018

This year marks the 119th year of the annual Christmas Bird Count sponsored by the National Audubon Society. Locally, the Olympia Count will take place on Sunday, December 16th. This count has been conducted since the 1970’s with 50 to 90 volunteer counters participating. Each count takes place within a pre-determined “count circle” that is 15 miles in diameter. Most participants join 1 of 16 count teams that cover a designated area. However, some choose to contribute by counting birds coming to feeders on their own property. Over the years, we have recorded between 117 and 134 different species of birds on count day.

After the count, at about 4:30pm, participants gather at Gull Harbor Lutheran Church for a chili feed followed by a compilation of the day’s results. Dinner is sponsored by Black Hills Audubon (BHAS). If you are interested in participating in this year’s count, contact count organizer Bill Shelmerdine at geron1@nullhotmail.com.