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2020 Washington State Christmas Bird Count Information.

Thanks go to Jim Danzenbaker for compiling Christmas Bird Count information statewide the last four 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


NOTE: Due to the current challenging COVID climate, all CBC information listed below are subject to last minute changes. Make sure that you stay in contact with your CBC organizers. It is assumed that all CBCs will adhere to CDC and Washington State health regulations including mask wearing, social distancing and small group sizes. To that end, carpooling is limited to household members.


Monday, December 14th

Cle Elum CBC
The Cle Elum CBC will only have about 1/3 or 1/4 of the normal participant list; basically just sector leaders which is about 8 people. Unfortunately, no other counters can be added.

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 15th

Leavenworth CBC
The 20th annual Christmas Bird Count for Leavenworth will take place on Tuesday, December 15, 2019. Only local return birders for the Leavenworth CBC will participate rather than trying to add additional birders to our current routes. This is especially prudent given the latest COVID surge and restrictions in the state. Route leaders will bird with people in their immediate orbit. All routes will be filled. Hopefully next season we can bring in some more people for the Leavenworth CBC experience.

Contact Joe Veverka to participate –joe_veverka@yahoo.com or call (928) 304-1615.


 

Wednesday, December 16th

Bridgeport CBC

The 25th Anniversary of our CBC will obviously be a little different than normal.

We’ll meet at McDonalds in Brewster at 07:00 to pick up maps and paperwork (or papers will be mailed to you beforehand). COVID prevention measures will be followed:

  • Wear masks all day when with non-household members.
  • Avoid carpooling unless necessary or with household members./
  • Try to maintain 6-foot social distancing when with non-household members.
  • We will NOT meet in person after the count. E-mail final list with data
  • to Michael Schroeder (Michael.schroeder@dfw.wa.gov) or drop of at 1530
    Douglas Ave., Bridgeport, WA. This is recommended so that you can pick up
    a free jar of honey on the front porch and likely another surprise gift.

Michael will e-mail a final summary to all participants.

Contact Meredith Spencer at 509-686-7551 or merdave@homenetnw.net

San Juan Islands Archipelago CBC
Contact Barbara Jensen at skylark@rockisland.com


 

Friday, December 18th

Lewis County CBC
There will not be a meeting place. Participants are required to sign up at least two days in advance so as to confirm their “spots”.

Participants will be asked to comply with Washington State COVID guidelines. There will be no mandatory carpooling and groups will be asked to social distance and maintain appropriate coronavirus precautions. I am still glad to welcome any and all who wish to participate in the 4th running of this new CBC!

We will be focusing on breaking sections into smaller areas for individuals and groups to have as little contact as possible with each other. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, there will not be a compilation dinner in the evening.

As always birders of all ages and stages are more than welcome to contact me and feeder watchers are also greatly appreciated to help make the data as well rounded as possible! Lewis County is a beautiful place to bird in the winter time and there is often a great number of birds seen every year and that is all help to wonderful birders who help volunteer their time.

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


 

Saturday, December 19th

Admiralty Audubon CBC
he count is an all-day event open to anyone wishing to participate. Usually an excellent opportunity for novice birders to join with seasoned veterans and learn more about identifying and finding the local birds, this year’s Christmas Bird Count is a little bit different due to the pandemic.

We will be limiting groups to five households, and carpooling will not occur. 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 to five 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. Don’t forget your masks!

Another Covid-related change is that there will unfortunately be no countdown potluck after the count. For more information contact Debbie Jahnke at 360-531-3415 or admiraltyaudubon@gmail.com.

Camas Prairie-Trout Lake CBC
Things will be a bit different this year. Participation will be limited to experienced birders who have previously participated and possibly other experienced birders who are local. All COVID regulations will be followed.

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

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

Colville CBC

Compiler: Barbara Harding
Email: stellerijay@hotmail.com

Things will be different this year. This CBC will be done completely by in circle feeder watchers since there won’t be any routes run due to COVID. No post counting get-together either.

Eastside Audubon CBC
Contact: Andy McCormick at andy_mcc@hotmail.com.

Eastside Audubon’s CBC is being limited to just the route leaders this year due to Covid-19. We are recruiting feeder watchers who live within the EAS CBC Count Circle

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

Ellensburg CBC
Please contact Gloria Baldi, 509-833-0601. e-mail baldi@kvalley.com. Compiler is Phil Mattocks. COVID guidelines will be followed.

Kitsap Audubon CBC
For information, contact the compiler, Janine Schutt, at jeschutt@Hotmail.com, or call 360-830-4446.

Due to COVID-19, National Audubon Society is requiring that we adhere to specific social distancing guidelines. This is the plan agreed upon by Kitsap Audubon Society’s Board of Directors, which includes the NAS requirements:

  • No gatherings of participants before or after the count. Group size is limited to 2-3 participants, and social distancing and masks are required at all times.
  • No carpooling with anyone outside your household. No sharing of optics.
  • Comply with all current state and county COVID-19 guidelines. Participate only if you feel safe doing so.
  • Participants must have previous CBC experience and area knowledge. Areas will be split up for groups/individuals to be assigned specific locations by the area leader. Although we normally welcome new volunteers, we are unable to do so this year. In order to keep group sizes small, we need participants familiar with local birds, birding areas, and count protocols. However, we encourage anyone who lives within one of the circles to participate by submitting a checklist from their own yard.

This information will also be in the December 2020 Kitsap Kingfisher newsletter:http://www.kitsapaudubon.org/newsletter/

Moscow-Pulllman CBC
The 50th consecutive (and 67th overall) Moscow-Pullman Christmas Bird Count will be on Saturday, December 19.

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

COVID guidelines will be followed

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

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. Due to COVID-19, we are asking participants to drive separately and use a mask when around others.

Toppenish CBC

The Yakima Audubon board hs changed the protocols for the two CBCs we do. Things will be a bit different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to social distancing concerns, we will unfortunately be unable to host our usual pre-count breakfast and post-count dinner. However, a limited number of birders are welcome to join the Toppenish CBC this year and will be teamed with a route leader.

Masks will be required as well as driving your own vehicle and maintaining social distance. If you are willing to adhere to these protocols, please contact Eric Heisey at heiseyew@gmail.com or 509-314-9570 to be assigned a route.

It can be cold, so be sure to bring plenty of layers! Make sure to also 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.


 

Sunday, December 20th

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.

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

Lyle CBC

We typically have over 100 different 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 15 mile diameter count circle straddles the Columbia River between Mosier and The Dalles.

We organize about 10 sectors prior to the count, and each sector operates independently on count day. Due to the pandemic and guidance from the National Audubon Society, we will not be holding a post count dinner gathering, although it might be fun to have a Zoom call if anyone would like to organize it.

Contact Bob Hansen at bobhansenATpeak.org or at 503-881-5889

Olympia CBC

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

Walla Walla CBC
We are holding our CBC but there will be no carpooling. There will only be a core group doing their own areas with no get-togethers afterward. All compilation will be online. Contact is still MerryLynn Denny.


 

Saturday, December 26th

Padilla Bay CBC
Organized by Skagit Audubon Society, the Padilla Bay count will be held differently this year for obvious reasons.

There won’t be any carpooling with people not in a household, 6 foot social distancing guidelines will be followed and if and when that is not possible, masks will be worn. We won’t share scopes or binoculars. There will be no gathering at the end of the day, though we might have a virtual gathering via Zoom. Currently all sections of the count circle will be covered by previous section leaders while adhering to the public health requirements.

Contact is Tim Manns at 360/333-8985 or bctm@fidalgo.net.

Seattle CBC
Seattle Audubon will hold a Christmas Bird Count Feeder Watch on Saturday, December 26. Anyone within the Seattle CBC circle is encouraged to participate. We also plan a few fun activities on the count day, including a virtual post-count potluck.

We will not be having field counters for 2020.

Register for Feeder Watch at seattleaudubon.org


 

Sunday, December 27th

Columbia Hills/Klickitat Valley CBC
Contact: Samuel Holman at sam4cb@embarqmail.com

Sauvie Island and Ridgefield CBC
(backup date: Monday, January 4th)

Compiler: Susan Setterberg smsetterberg@yahoo.com 360-980-0884

The ORSI circle covers areas on both sides of the Columbia River. Sauvie Island and more on the Oregon Side and As of Nov 20th, we are still planning the Ridgefield/ Sauvie Island Christmas Bird Count Circle to proceed. Lacking a complete shutdown for COVID, we will plan to go (weather permitting) on Sunday, Dec 27th.

There will be no carpooling except for existing family or isolation pods, no meetings and no equipment sharing. But we can do this with care and have a safe, great day outside counting the birds.


 

Tuesday, December 29th

Wahkiakum County CBC
Contact Andrew Emlen 360-795-8009


 

Wednesday, December 30th

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


 

Friday, January 1st

Cowlitz – Columbia CBC CBC
Our count will be a part of the 120th International Christmas Bird Count. Our count circle covers a 15-mile diameter circle that is centered just south of Rainier, OR. This year, things are obviously different than previous years. We will have 9 – 12 regulars that will go out individually or with a family member. We will not have any groups traveling around together and restrictions don’t allow for a compilation dinner.

The contact is Bob Reistroffer 360-751-5595 or breistrof@aol.com.

Skagit Bay CBC
It’s the 33rd anniversary of the Skagit Bay CBC. Due to the COVID climate, there will be a minimal number of participants. All meetings will be canceled. The data will be mailed to Scott Ramos (lsr@ramoslink.info) for the counts. We have all areas covered. Unfortunately, we won’t be soliciting any additional further participants for this count.


 

Saturday, January 2nd

Chelan CBC
Yes, we will conduct a CBC! But due to COVID, participants will not
collect together at the beginning of the count day, neither will we meet at
the end of the count day. Participants, unless in family or close social
groups, must travel alone.

If you wish to participate, by Christmas please
contact compiler Steve Easley either by email () or by
phone (509-682-2318). By December 31 I will respond back by describing
which area that will be assigned to you.

Please submit to me your count results, preferably by January 5. Your data should include time and miles driven or walked. If you prefer to mail in your data, my address is: 425 S 1st St, Chelan WA 98816.

As soon as I am finished compiling the results, I will send it to you. Thanks for your patience!

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…some fine birding.

We need to wear masks and maintain social distancing as much as possible.

Okanogan/Omak CBC
Meet at Heather Findlay’s house at 7:30 a.m. Contact Heather at 509-429-8167 or heather@eaglesun.netfor more information.

Port Angeles CBC
Contact: Barbara Blackie at blackieb@olypen.com or 360-477-8028 COVID guidelines will be followed.

Port Gamble (North Kitsap) CBC
For information, contact the compiler, Jennifer Standish, at magma1306@gmail.com; or call 206-293-9320

Due to COVID-19, National Audubon Society is requiring that we adhere to specific social distancing guidelines. This is the plan agreed upon by Kitsap Audubon Society’s Board of Directors, which includes the NAS requirements:

  • No gatherings of participants before or after the count. Group size is limited to 2-3 participants, and social distancing and masks are required at all times.
  • No carpooling with anyone outside your household. No sharing of optics.
  • Comply with all current state and county COVID-19 guidelines. Participate only if you feel safe doing so.
  • Participants must have previous CBC experience and area knowledge. Areas will be split up for groups/individuals to be assigned specific locations by the area leader. Although we normally welcome new volunteers, we are unable to do so this year. In order to keep group sizes small, we need participants familiar with local birds, birding areas, and count protocols. However, we encourage anyone who lives within one of the circles to participate by submitting a checklist from their own yard.

This information will also be in the December 2020 Kitsap Kingfisher newsletter:http://www.kitsapaudubon.org/newsletter/

Spokane CBC
Alan McCoy – compiler (509) 999-9512 ahm2352@gmail.com. We will follow appropriate CDC and Audubon COVID-19 guidelines.

Tri-Cities CBC
Due to the virus we will not be meeting at 7:30am to take volunteers. We plan to conduct the count using only family members or friends that have been birding together since the virus hit. We will be using strict COVID-19 protocols. If a family or friends want to volunteer to count please contact me (Dana Ward) at 509-545-0627 by December 28th.

Yakima Valley CBC
The Yakima Audubon board has changed the protocols for the two CBCs we do. Things will be a bit different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to social distancing concerns, we will unfortunately be unable to host our usual pre-count breakfast and post-count dinner. However, a limited number of birders are welcome to join the Toppenish CBC this year and will be teamed with a route leader. Masks will be required as well as driving your own vehicle and maintaining social distance. If you are willing to adhere to these protocols, please contact Denny Granstrand at dgranstrand@gmail.com to be assigned a route.

It can be cold, so be sure to bring plenty of layers! Make sure to also 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.

Contact Denny Granstrand at dgranstrand@gmail.com


 

Sunday, January 3rd

Rainier Audubon Society CBC CBC

Hooray! This is Rainier Audubon’s 40th CBC! Wahhh! Unfortunately, this year our CBC is taking a different form with Covid-19 causing the twist. We will not host a public event.

Our event is called CBC AT HOME on Sunday, January 3rd, 2021. Public may participate by sending in their bird sightings from their backyard/apartment courtyard. The people who live in the chapter circle will have their data sent to National Audubon and those outside our birding circle will have their data added to our 40th CBC celebration.

We will have a virtual gathering to celebrate our 40th, including a tally. We are still figuring that out-likely 6:30-8. A registration link will be sent out via our eNewsletter and posted in our website.

If anyone has participated in a Rainier Audubon CBC in the past and would like to share a story or photo—they can send them to cindy.flanagan@rainieraudubon.org

We will have backyard bird sheets posted on our website and in our enewsletter in December.

To Register, contact:

Cindy Flanagan
CBC Coordinator
camcalcin@hotmail.com

Twisp CBC

All of the routes will be covered by locals and their “pod” members which will reduce the number of participants. If anyone wants to contact me about the count, they can email me at jahovis711@gmail.com.

Vashon CBC
Contact Ezra Parker at ezra@cfgrok.com or 206-463-0383 for more information
This count will tentatively be held on Sunday, January 3, 2021. Given the COVID situation, we won’t be able to accommodate new field participants this year. If you happen to reside within the count circle, however, you are welcome to participate as a feeder watcher/yard counter.

Cancelled CBCs

  • Chewelah CBC
  • Everett-Marysville CBC
  • Edmonds/South Snohomish CBC
  • Neah Bay CBC
  • San Juan Ferry CBC

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