Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Christmas Bird Counts are Coming

Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Christmas Bird Counts are Coming

This year marks the 119th year of the annual Christmas Bird Count sponsored by the National Audubon Society. 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. We will be having two counts in our service area.

The Thurston County Count will take place on Sunday, December 16th. The coordinator is Bill Shelmerdine; if you are interested in participating in this year’s count, contact Bill at: georn1@nullhotmail.com.  Following this 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 prepared by Black Hills Audubon (BHAS).

The Lewis County Count takes place on Friday, December 21st. This is the second Christmas Bird Count for Lewis County begun by high school senior Dalton Spencer. Dalton remains the coordinator and arranges nine teams and feeder counters for all participants.  Contact him to sign up, get an assignment, starting time and location.  Instructions will be provided to home feeder counters.  There will be a soup supper following the day’s count. The details will be announced later. Dalton can be reached at:360-520-7890 or offthehookflyshop@nullyahoo.com.