2018 Washington State Christmas Bird Count Information.

Thanks go to Jim Danzenbaker for compiling the 2017 and 2018 Christmas Bird Count information statewide. If your Audubon chapter’s Christmas Bird Count is not listed here or needs to be edited, please send the information to the WOS webmaster webmaster@wos.org and the information will be added.

For an article on “History of the Christmas Bird Count: How the count started and how the data is used today” go to https://www.audubon.org/conservation/history-christmas-bird-count



Friday, December 14th

Bridgeport CBC
Meeting place: McDonald’s in Brewster, WA at 7:30 a.m. Contact Meredith Spencer at 509-686-7551 or merdave@homenetnw.net


Saturday, December 15th

Admiralty Audubon CBC
The Admiralty Audubon count circle is a 7.5- mile radius centered near Indian Island ship dock and is divided into 13 sections, with a team of 3 or more individuals assigned to each section.

The count is an all-day event open to all. This is an excellent opportunity for novice bird watchers to join with seasoned veterans and learn more about identifying and finding the local birds. Half-day participants and home feeder watchers are also welcome. We would like to particularly encourage anyone with feeders in the count circle who can spare at least one hour to watch their yard to participate. Winter feeder watching can be quite rewarding as birds try to expend the least amount of energy to get the greatest amount of food.

Team leaders for each of the 13 sections will make arrangements with the rest of their group for a meeting place and time (usually between 7:30 and 8 a.m.) the morning of the count. Participants should bring cold and wet-weather gear, binoculars, a scope if you have one, lunch and snacks for the day. A notepad and pencil or electronic recording devices, field guides, camera and a thermos with something hot are always good ideas as well. There will be a countdown potluck after the count at Rosewind Commons at 5 p.m.

For more information contact Rick Jahnke at 360-531-3417 or admiraltyaudubon@gmail.com.

Camas Prairie-Trout Lake CBC
For those interested, please contact coordinator Jim White at 509-961-2775 or email him at jwhite@gorge.net

Cheney CBC ****NEW****

This circle has not been officially recognized yet, although the application has been submitted. The center point has been established, areas and teams have been created

Contact Sandy Schreven, the compiler, at sschreven@hotmail.com or (509) 624-6801.

Eastside Audubon CBC
Check the following website: https://www.eastsideaudubon.org/christmas-bird-count/

Edmonds/South Snohomish County CBC
Contact Rick Taylor at taylorrl@outlook.com or 425-214-2764.

Ellensburg CBC
Please contact Gloria Baldi at 509-833-0601 or by email at baldi@kvalley.com

Kitsap CBC
Kitsap Audubon is sponsoring two CBCs this year: Kitsap and North Kitsap. The contact for the Kitsap County CBC is Gene Bullock at 360-394-5635 or e-mail at genebullock@comcast.net. (The North Kitsap CBC will take place on Saturday, December 22nd.)

More information can be found in the November 2018 Kitsap Kingfisher newsletter: http://www.kitsapaudubon.org/newsletter/

Leadbetter Point CBC
Information at http://willapahillsaudubon.org/ Contact Coordinator Suzy Whittey suzy@reachone.com by December 1.

Leavenworth CBC
Birders will meet independently and survey their route during daylight hours. A meeting place to compile lists will be finalized in December. Contact Joe Veverka to participate at joe_veverka@yahoo.com or call (928) 304-1615.

Moscow – Pullman CBC
The 48th consecutive (and 65th overall) Moscow-Pullman Christmas Bird Count will be on Saturday, Dec 15.
Birders interested in counting birds at their feeders or spending the day on a field crew should contact the local coordinators in advance of the count. Birders interested in participating on the Idaho side should contact Kas Dumroese kas.dumroese@gmail.com Moscow participants will meet at the Starbucks in the Palouse Mall parking lot at 6:30 a.m.

Birders interested in participating on the Washington side should contact Marie Dymkoski Marie-Dymkoski@msn.com

Oak Harbor CBC
Contact Jay Adams at protectionisland8.9@gmail.com

San Juan Ferry Transect CBC
Make your holidays memorable by participating in NCAS’s one-of-a-kind Christmas Bird Count (CBC) aboard the Washington State Ferry from Anacortes to Sydney B.C.and back. NCAS will cover the cost of the ferry passage for a limited number of counters. This challenging count has been conducted annually, whatever the weather, since the mid-1970s, following a protocol established by Jim Duemmel and Terry Wahl. Jim organized and compiled the count until 2002. Linda Snider and Jane & John Aspnes are looking for a few volunteers to assist with some challenging birding. If you are interested in participating in the San Juan Ferry CBC please contact Linda Snider at linrobn@hotmail.com or call her at 360-738-2232. Or contact John or Jane Aspnes at jdaspnes@alaska.edu

Tahoma Audubon CBC
Details at http://www.tahomaaudubon.org/CBC We have diverse habitats — saltwater, lakes, urban, rural, and prairie.
Contact Faye McAdams Hands at 253-278-3712 or zest4parus@hotmail.com

Toppenish CBC
Meet at the Branding Iron outside of Toppenish at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast, 7:30 a.m. if you don’t want breakfast. (If owling, meet with the route leader earlier.) We’ll be out in the field from around 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It can be cold, so be sure to bring plenty of layers! Make sure you bring lunch; a hot beverage is always nice too. The count is always a ton of fun, as we typically see a lot of birds and spend the day in some great birding areas. Potluck dinner afterwards will be graciously hosted by Debie and Ron Brown. Consider bringing something to eat. We’ll recount our day, tally up the species, and have a great meal with friends. This is a great event for beginners and experts alike. If interested in participating, contact Eric Heisey at 509-314-9570 or at magicman32@rocketmail.com

Walla Walla CBC
Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Harper Joy Theater parking lot on the Whitman College campus, which is off East Isaacs Ave. east of downtown Walla Walla.
Wrap-up supper at Fort Walla Walla Museum after – soup and bread provided. Contact MerryLynn Denny at m.denny@charter.net


Sunday, December 16th

Bellingham CBC
Contact Doug Brown at (360) 647-1657 or e-mail him at bblackcat@comcast.net

Lyle CBC
We typically have over 100 species, somtimes have the most Lewis’ Woodpecker anywhere in the universe, and are regularly the only count in Washington with Acorn Woodpeckers. Contact Bob Hansen at bobhansenATpeak.org or at 503-881-5889

Neah Bay CBC
Contact Charlie Wright at cwright770@gmail.com

Olympia CBC
For those interested in participating, contact count coordinator Bill Shelmerdine at georn1@hotmail.com


Monday, December 17th

Cle Elum CBC
Contact Michael Hobbs at 425-301-1032 or at birdmarymoor@frontier.com

Sequim-Dungeness CBC
Contact Bob Boekelheide at bboek@olympus.net or 360-808-0196


Friday, December 21st

Lewis County CBC
Contact Dalton Spencer at offthehookflyshop@yahoo.com or phone 360-520-7890.


Saturday, December 22nd

North Kitsap CBC
Kitsap Audubon is sponsoring two CBCs this year: Kitsap and North Kitsap. The North Kitsap CBC was started in the 1980s and was reactivated last year. To participate, contact Gene Bullock at 360-394-5635 or e-mail at genebullock@comcast.net (The Kitsap County CBC will take place on Saturday, December 15th.)

More information can be found in the November 2018 Kitsap Kingfisher newsletter: http://www.kitsapaudubon.org/newsletter/


Sunday, December 23rd

Sauvie Island and Ridgefield CBC
The circle encompasses all of Sauvie Island (parking permits required) and some adjacent territory around Scappouse; Vancouver Lake and the lowlands, Salmon Creek area through Ridgefield, all of the Ridgefield NWR and some territory to the Lewis River.

For counting on the Washington side of the river, contact CBC Compiler Susan Setterberg at 856-701-2542 (cell) or at smsetterberg@yahoo.com (Please text or email only from Dec 10 to 20th.)

For counting on the Oregon side of the river, contact Karen Bachman at 971-207-7754 or at pppahooie@comcast.net

If you are new to the Christmas Counts, we can pair you with more experienced birders. If you live in the count circle, feeder counters are welcome too! (Backup date: Monday, Dec. 31)


Friday, December 28th

Chelan CBC
Meet at the Apple Cup Café at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast or coffee, and to receive circle assignments. Meet in the afternoon at 4:15 at the Lake Chelan Methodist Church for a warming chili supper and to share count reports. Contact Steve Easley, the compiler at 509-682-2318 or seasley@nwi.net or Dan Smith at 509-682-9653 for more information.

Wahkiakum CBC
Contact Andrew Emlen 360-795-8009 or at aemlen@centurytel.net


Saturday, December 29th

Chewelah CBC
Contact Mike Munts at strix.nebulosa1987@gmail.com if you are interested in joining this count. The is a fun count with Colville River bisecting the circle, which includes 49 Degrees north Ski area and Chewelah Peak.

Columbia Hills – Klickitat Valley CBC
Contact Samuel Holman as soon as possible at sam4cb@embarqmail.com or by phone at 509-250-1816 if interested in joining this count. We’ll meet at the Chevron Station just outside Goldendale at 7:45 a.m., then split-up from there.

Everett-Marysville CBC
Contact Scott Atkinson at 425-210-2716 or at scottratkinson@hotmail.com

Port Angeles CBC
Contact: Barbara Blackie at blackieb@olypen.com or 360-477-8028

Seattle CBC
Register for the Seattle CBC starting November 1st at https://my.seattleaudubon.org/cbc2018

Spokane CBC
Contact Compiler Alan McCoy at 509-999-9512 (cell) or ahm2352@gmail.com

Tri-Cities CBC

The Tri-Cities count starts in two locations at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, December 31. Contact Dana Ward for more information at 509-545-0627

Richland – Meet Lisa at the “Fingernail” in Howard Amon Park. Contact Lisa Hill at 509-943-2244.
Pasco – Meet Dana at the Chiawana Park Boat Ramp, end of Rd 88. Contact Dana Ward at 509-545-0627
Kennewick – There will be no count day meeting. Richard Barchet at 509-430-0053 will lead the Kennewick team, but you must contact him prior to December 20th to be assigned to a count area.

Wenatchee CBC
Please contact Dan Stephens at dstephens@wvc.edu or 509-679-4706 to participate in the 47th Wentachee CBC.

Yakima Valley CBC
Contact Denny Granstrand at dgranstrand@gmail.com


Sunday, December 30th

Okanogan/Omak CBC
Meet at Heather Findlay’s house at 7:00 a.m. Contact Heather at 509-429-8167 or heather@eaglesun.net for more information.

Rainier Audubon CBC

Dinner provided following CBC. Doors open at 4 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m. and CBC species tally to follow at
        Federal Way United Methodist Church
        29645 51st Ave S
        Auburn, WA 98001
Registration deadline is Monday, December 17th. We’re looking for two master birders to help lead in two CBC areas. (They will be paired with birders who are familiar with the area.) To Register contact: Ken Schroeder at kenschroeder@msn.com

Vashon CBC
Contact Ezra Parker at ezra@cfgrok.com or 206-463-0383


Tuesday, January 1st

Cowlitz-Columbia CBC
Our circle is centered in the Columbia River by the Lewis & Clark Bridge, and thus we cover areas in Oregon and Washington. In Oregon, most of the decommissioned Trojan Nuclear Power site is in the circle, as is the city of Rainier and west to near Alston. In Washington, the circle includes Willow Grove, Lexington and the cities of Kelso and Longview. It is a great way to start out the New Year. To sign up, call Bob Reistroffer 360-636-5125 and leave a message or email to breistrof@aol.com.

Skagit Bay CBC
It’s the 31st anniversary of the Skagit Bay CBC. All are welcome to participate, both leaders and counters. If you are interested in participating, contact Lee Barnes at lbarnes45@hotmail.com or phone 206-365-7316 (leave a message). The official start is 8:00 a.m. Leaders will designate the starting locations and coverage areas. The count will continue until 4-4:30 p.m. Compilation will be held at the Stanwood Library, where hot chili will be provided for all.


Saturday, January 5th

Grays Harbor CBC
From approximately 8 a.m. to dusk. We have some really great birding areas, from Ocean Shores around the circle to Westport. Included are the jetties, the Oyhut Wildlife Area, the Grays Harbor NWR, John’s River Wildlife Area, and Bottle Beach SP. Contact Dianna Moore at 360-590-1395 or at dlmoor2@coastaccess.com


Still waiting for complete information:

San Juan Islands Archipelago CBC

Twisp CBC