The Juneau Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, December 19, 2020. This year’s count will be modified to conform to guidelines set by the National Audubon Society for conducting a COVID-19 safe and socially distanced count. Those guidelines and a few additional modifications will help ensure the safety of participants while still providing an opportunity to get outside and observe birds.
The National Audubon Society guidelines are as follows: (1) activities must comply with all current state and municipal COVID-19 guidelines; (2) in-person gatherings must be cancelled; (3) social distancing and masking are required at all times in the field; (4) carpooling may occur only within existing family or social pod groups; and (5) compilers must wait until 11/15 to schedule a count.
The Juneau count is not accepting new field volunteers this year. However, new volunteers may participate as feeder watchers. Additionally, we have broken down the larger traditional areas into smaller areas that will be covered by individual volunteers rather than groups of volunteers who are not members of the same family or social pod group.
The count is subject to cancellation up until count day if (1) there is insufficient interest; (2) the National Audubon Society cancels the entire event; (3) the COVID-19 alert level in Juneau is Level 4 (Very High); (4) another government mandate requires cancellation; or (5) the count cannot be conducted safely.
The organizational meetings that usually take place on the morning of the count and the annual potluck dinner are cancelled. This year, we will organize field volunteers by email. On count day, field volunteers will proceed directly to their assigned areas and complete their surveys. We will tally the species from the checklists submitted by volunteers.
If you would like to join the count as a field volunteer or feeder watcher, or if you have questions, please contact Patty Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Audubon Society Issues COVID-19 Guidelines for the 121st (2020) Christmas Bird Count
Due to the COVID19 outbreak,
the National Audubon Society
has determined that this year’s Christmas Bird
Count will require a few
changes if a count is to
take place at all. The two
options for Christmas Bird
Count compilers are as
Option 1: Run a COVID-19 safe and socially distanced CBC, if local rules allow.
Option 2: If option 1 is not possible, cancel this season’s CBC for your location.
THANKS to all who participated and pledged in the May 9, 2020 Bird-a-thon. Southeast Alaska tallied an incredible 130 Species. WOW! We had over 50 birders from around the panhandle. Over $1000 raised. And a lot of fun was had!
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