Sunday, December 14
The Juneau Christmas Bird Count will be held this year on Sunday, December 14, the first day of the designated count period of December 14th through January 5th. This marks the 115th year of the CBC, with counts planned across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Here in Juneau, this will be our 42nd
count. Again, please take note, our count will be on a Sunday this year.
For those that don’t recall, two years ago the Christmas Bird Count became a “free” event, which means the Society no longer requires participation fees. The fees had been viewed as a deterrent to participation and also a complicating factor with regards to assessing participant effort on the counts. The Society compensates with this loss in revenue by going paperless with the American Birds issue of the Christmas Bird Count and by seeking voluntary donations.
Last year, more than 71,000 people participated in 2,408 counts, with 1,863 counts conducted in the United States. There were 37 counts conducted in Alaska. The big story last year was the huge irruption of Snowy Owls into eastern Canada, the Great Lakes, the Atlantic seaboard, and the southern U.S. There were 1,117 Snowy Owls tallied on 399 different counts. It was the third winter in a row where Snowy Owls were seen in impressive numbers but in each of these count periods, the birds made strong appearances in different regions of the U.S. and southern Canada.
Here in Juneau our count week will begin on December 11, and go through December 17th. On the 14th, we will have our usual two meeting places to stage on the morning of the count. Volunteers should arrive at 8 a.m. People wanting to count in the downtown, Douglas, and north Douglas Island areas should meet at the downtown Foodland IGA grocery coffee bar. Birders wishing to work the Lemon Creek, airport, Mendenhall Valley and Auke Bay areas should meet at the McDonald’s restaurant across from the Nugget Mall.
Christmas Bird Counts Planned for Southeast Alaska
*Website for more information: sites.google.com/site/skagwaybirdclub
** The pre-count organizational meeting is January 1, 6 p.m., at the Raptor Center.
Join a popular citizen science by watching the birds at your feeders. Data collection begins on November 8.
Check out the web page for more information and how to start http://feederwatch.org/ . Data is especially scarce for Southeast Alaska, so please consider adding to our knowledge about our winter bird populations.Great Backyard Bird Count 2015
Dont forget to save the dates for the next Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC): February 13-16, 2015. The GBBC is a great way to engage your community in appreciating birds and citizen science and is perfect for beginner birders and experts alike. Stay tuned for more information on promotional materials and informational webinars and be sure to explore the GBBC website
2014 GBBC Update
2014was another exciting, record-breaking year for the Great Backyard Bird Count. The final 2014 GBBC results are in! Click here
Participants in 135 countries around the globe submitted more than 144,000 checklists. Canada made a stellar contribution with 13,458 checklists. The Northern Cardinal appeared on more checklists than any other bird, while the Red-winged Blackbird was the most numerous species, with more than 1.6 million individuals counted. Visit the GBBC website for more count highlights, including Top 10 Lists(http://gbbc.birdcount.org/news/top-10-lists/ ).
The 2013 count was held in February, and birders in Juneau observed 61 species during the count weekend. Mallards, Canada Geese, Greater Scaup, Rock Sandpipers, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Northwest Crow, Common Redpoll, and Pine Siskin were the highest number of individuals counted. We hope more people will get involved in counting and adding their information to the ebird site. 61 species is a great accomplishment for winter, but not a single woodpecker was counted. It’s really fun to add your birding enjoyment to the citizen science data base. It’s fun for us and helpful to the birds we enjoy watching. Thanks to all the local birders who contribute! The top listers in February were Gus van Vliet, Patty Rose, David Schmerge, Art Kolter, Merrill Jensen, Amy Clark Courtney, Jeanne Josephson, Brenda Wright, and Anne Sutton. Check out the web pages and join the crowd! Click here to explore more of the data just visit the website: www.birdsource.org/gbbc or www.ebird.org Enjoy!
For 2012 GBBC results for Alaska by city and by year click here.
2013 Juneau Christmas Bird Count
The Juneau Christmas Bird Count for 2013 was held on Saturday, January 4, 2014. The designated count period runs from December 14th through January 5th. This marks the 114th year of the CBC, with counts planned across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Here in Juneau, this was our 41th count. History of the Christmas Bird Count
American Tree Sparrow -- Mark Schwan
The Juneau Christmas Bird Count for 2012 was held on December 15. We again lucked out on the weather, as the prior day was absolutely miserable, but then conditions improved markedly for count day. Leading up to the count, we didn’t expect a great diversity of birds, as wintery conditions for some time had pushed many lingering birds to the south.
Twenty eight field observers found 66 species and 12,183 individual birds on count day, plus an additional ten species were located during the other days of our count week (see attached table). Our total count of individual birds was above average but this was the case only because of a record smashing number of mallards; many species were seen in low numbers. All the common species that have been seen on the previous 39 counts were found once again. The biggest highlights of the count day included a Snowy Owl on the wetlands found by Nick Hajdukovich and Amy Clark Courtney, and the Sooty Grouse found by Julie Coghill near the Treadwell Ditch on Douglas Island. Other highlights included the continued presence of the Swamp Sparrow near Temsco Helicopters, and a terrific variety of waterfowl on the wetlands and the lower Mendenhall River.
Again, we had the bird tally and potluck at our house at the end of the day; it was a very nice evening. Thanks to all who participated.
For more information or if you have questions, call Mark Schwan, at 789- 9841.
See the January, 2013 edition of the Raven for the results of the Juneau Christmas Bird count and other communities in southeast Alaska. Click here.
21th Thanksgiving Bird Count: November 22th, 2012
All right! Bring out your pencils and your envelope and stamps! Its time to participate in a non-electronic count of birds for JUST ONE HOUR on Thanksgiving Day, 2012. Its the perfect opportunity to enjoy the wonderful odors of your favorite holiday meal, or if later in the day, time to recuperate from the great meal you had.
The instructions are simple and are included on the count form.
Choose a bird feeder or other area you would like to observe, but the count area is just 15 feet in diameter. Count the birds for 1 hour (try not to count birds twice) and that's it. The address to send your count form is on the form. This is the first year you can submit your count on line by emailing:
Any one that sends in a count form will receive a newsletter with the results early next year.