2013 Christmas Bird Count
will occur on Saturday, December 14.
The Juneau Christmas Bird Count will be held this year on Saturday, December 14, the first day of the designated count period of December 14 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 will be our 41th count. History of the Christmas Bird Count
For those that don’t recall, last year 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 will compensate with this loss in revenue by going paperless with the American Birds issue of the Christmas Bird Count and by seeking voluntary donations.
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 8a.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. Again, please arrive at 8a.m. and be prepared for the weather and bring your binoculars. We will have our area leaders arranged ahead of time, but we will allocate birders to the different groups at our staging locations on count day. We encourage participation from all levels of birders; the more eyes the better. We have lost some of our veteran birders to warmer climes, so if you haven’t participated before, please give it a try.
Once again there will be a potluck after the count. For more information contact at Mark Schwan, at 789-9841.
Let’s have a great turnout and a terrific count! For more information or if you have any questions, call Mark Schwan, at 789-9841 or Gus van Vliet at 789-5624.
American Tree Sparrow -- Mark Schwan
Christmas Bird Counts in Southeast Alaska
December 14, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Gus van Vliet
Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. FeederWatch data help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance.
Time to focus on feeders!
The 25th season of Project FeederWatch starts November 1, 2012 but you can sign up at any time. Your counts will help scientists monitor changes in feeder-bird populations over the winter from year to year. New participants receive a kit with a handbook, a bird-identification poster, a calendar, and an instruction booklet.
Join the flock! For more information about Project FeederWatch or to sign up in the U.S., please visit www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/ or call (800) 843-2473.
There is a $15 annual participation fee ($12 for Lab members, CAN$35 for Canadian participants), which covers materials, staff support, web design, data analysis, and a year-end report (Winter Bird Highlights) . Project FeederWatch is supported almost entirely by participation fees. Without the support of our participants, this project wouldn't be possible.
If you live in Canada, please visit our partner, Bird Studies Canada, athttp://www.bsc-eoc.org/volunteer/pfw/index.jsp?lang=EN&targetpg=index or call (888) 448-2473.
You can learn more about the project and how to attract birds to your feeders by watching two segments devoted to these topics on the Martha Stewart Show. Follow the link on the All About Birds home page at www.allaboutbirds.org
The 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count will be held Friday, February 14, through Monday, February 17, 2014. Please visit the official website at www.birdcount.org for more information.
Great Backyard Bird Count high count and species:
The count was held in February 2013, 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 GBBC results for Alaska by city and by year click here.
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.
Click here for TBC count form.
Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival, Jan 18-21
Morro Bay, California
Join Morro Coast Audubon Society (MCAS) for its 17th Annual Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival. Located on California�s scenic Central Coast, Morro Bay is an important stop on the Pacific Flyway and one of the country�s preeminent birding spots. The area is recognized worldwide for its diversity of both resident and wintering birds, and at last year�s festival, over 200 species of birds were identified!
To register and for more information about the Festival, visit www.morrobaybirdfestival.org. Registration begins October 1, 2012 and ends January 6, 2013.