2019 Washington State Christmas Bird Count Information.

Thanks go to Jim Danzenbaker for compiling Christmas Bird Count information statewide the last three years. 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 or corrected.

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

Saturday, December 14th

Admiralty Audubon CBC

The count is an all-day event open to anyone wishing to participate. This is an excellent opportunity for novice birders 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.

The Admiralty Audubon count circle is a 7.5- mile radius centered near Indian Island ship dock and is divided into 14 sections, with a team of three or more individuals assigned to each section. Team leaders for each section will make arrangements with the rest of their group for a meeting place and time (usually between 7:30 a.m. 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 pm. For more information contact Debbie Jahnke at 360-531-3415 or admiraltyaudubon@gmail.com.

Camas Prairie-Trout Lake CBC

For those interested, please contact coordinator Jim White at 509-961-2775 (home phone, 509-395-2585) or email him at jwhite.mars@gmail.com

Colville CBC

Compiler: Barbara Harding
Email: stellerijay@hotmail.com

For more info call Barbara at 509/675-6591 or Warren at 509/684-8308. Meet in the Colville Public Library Basement (195 S Oak St) in Colville at 7 am to organize for the count. Or 6 am at McDonalds for breakfast. See you there!

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, 509-833-0601. e-mail baldi@kvalley.com. Compiler is Phil Mattocks.

Kitsap Audubon CBC

The Kitsap Audubon CBC will be held Saturday, December 14. For information, contact the compiler, Janine Schutt, at jeschutt@Hotmail.com, or call 360-830-4446.

More information can be found in the November 2019 Kitsap Kingfisher newsletter: http://www.kitsapaudubon.org/newsletter/

Moscow – Pullman CBC

The 49th consecutive (and 66th 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 Islands Archipelago CBC

Contact Barbara Jensen at skylark@rockisland.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 Sidney, 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. 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 John and Jane Aspnes at jdaspnes@alaska.edu or call 360-303-2675.

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 15th

Bellingham CBC

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

This Citizen Science project is built on volunteers. Our count circle is partitioned into 25 areas, with a team leader directing the count in each area.
Currently we are in need of 2, maybe 3 leaders and a few team members. The count is from dawn to dusk in most areas, followed by a potluck where the data is collected.

More information about our count can be found on this CBC page at our website

Cheney CBC

Sandy Schreven – compiler (509)599-9061 sschreven@hotmail.com

Lyle CBC

We typically have over 100 species, sometimes we have the most Lewis’s Woodpeckers anywhere in the universe, and we are regularly the only count in Washington with Acorn Woodpeckers. Our count circle straddles the Columbia River between Mosier and The Dalles.

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

Sauvie Island and Ridgefield CBC

(backup date: Sunday, December 29th)

Compiler: Susan Setterberg



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 (federal parks/refuge passes or $3 entry fee) and some territory to the Lewis River.

For counting on the WA side of the river, contact Susan at smsetterberg@yahoo.com or 360 980 0884; for counting on the Oregon side of the river, contact Karen Bachman at 971-207-7754, pppahooie@comcast.net. If you live in the count circle, feeder counters are welcome too!


Monday, December 16

Cle Elum CBC

Contact Michael Hobbs at 425-301-1032 or at birdmarymoor@gmail.com

Sequim-Dungeness CBC

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


Tuesday, December 17

Leavenworth CBC

The 19th annual Christmas Bird Count for Leavenworth will take place on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. 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 – joe_veverka@yahoo.com or call (928) 304-1615.


Friday, December 20

Lewis County CBC

Contact Dave Hayden at dtvhm@nwrain.com or phone360-388-1317


Saturday, December 21

Bridgeport CBC

25th Anniversary participants may expect something special! Meeting place: McDonald’s in Brewster, WA at 7:30 a.m. Contact Meredith Spencer at 509-686-7551 or merdave@homenetnw.net

Port Gamble (North Kitsap) CBC

For information, contact the compiler, Jennifer Standish, at magma1306@gmail.com; or call 206-293-9320

More information can be found in the November 2019 Kitsap Kingfisher newsletter: http://www.kitsapaudubon.org/newsletter/

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


Saturday, December 28

Everett-Marysville CBC

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

Padilla Bay CBC

Contact Tim Manns at conservation@skagitaudubon.org or Denny Quirk at denny@skagitaudubon.org

Port Angeles CBC

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

Seattle CBC

Registration opens Friday, 1 November 2019 at https://my.seattleaudubon.org/cbc2019

Tri-Cities CBC

The Tri-Cities count starts in two locations at 7:30am, Saturday, December 28. 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 – Meet Richard at the Rod Coler Audubon Nature Trail parking area on Columbia Park Trail. Richard Barchet at 509-430-0053.

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 29

Columbia Hills – Klickitat Valley CBC

If interested in participating, contact count coordinator Samuel Holman at sam4cb@embarqmail.com or 509-250-1816.

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 Society CBC

Dinner is provided following CBC—doors open 4pm, dinner at 5 p.m. and CBC species tally to follow.

Federal Way United Methodist Church
29645 51ST AVE S
AUBURN, WA 98001

To Register, contact:

Cindy Flanagan
CBC Coordinator

Spokane CBC

Alan McCoy – compiler (509) 999-9512 ahm2352@gmail.com

Twisp CBC

Julie Hovis is the contact: jahovis711@gmail.com


Monday, December 30

Wahkiakum CBC

Contact Andrew Emlen 360-795-8009 or at emlenandrew@gmail.com


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Cowlitz – Columbia CBC

Our count will be a part of the 119th International Christmas Bird Count. Our count circle covers a 15-mile diameter circle that is centered just south of Rainier, OR. You are welcome to join us this year. It is a great way to start out the New Year.

To sign up, call Bob Reistroffer 360-636-5125 (leave a message) or breistrof@aol.com. I’ll form teams in mid December. (Our circle is broken up into 6 sections – Eastern Oregon, Western Oregon, Southern Washington, Eastern Washington, Western Washington, and Northern Washington.) I will get information to all participants by mid-December when teams are figured out.

Skagit Bay CBC

It’s the 32nd 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 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. Compilation will be held at the Stanwood Library, where hot chili will be provided for all.


Saturday, January 4, 2020

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.

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.

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 osdlm1945@gmail.com


Sunday, January 5, 2020

Vashon CBC

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


Still Waiting for Complete Information:

Leadbetter Point CBC

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


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