April and May 2014 by Amy C. Courtney
Juneau Audubon Society will provide leaders and binoculars to borrow. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. All the walks are free and open to the public. Remember to dress for the weather and no dogs please.
April 12 8am-10am
Fish Creek Delta
Lo 1.8 @ 0615
Hi 15.2 @ 1217
Amy Courtney Laurie Lamm
April 19 8am-10am
1:00 pm Earth Day
Auke Rec / Pt. Louisa
Mendenhall Visitor Center
Hi 17.8 @ 0400
Lo -1.5 @1034
April 26 8:30am @Statter Harbor (Auke Bay)
Berners Bay Cruise Be at Statter Harbor (Auke Bay) by 8:15am for an 8:30 departure. Parking is free at the harbor, but overflow may need to park at the Auke Bay Elementary School.
Lo -0.2 @ 0544
Hi 16.1 @ 1153
Laurie Craig, Mary Willson, Brenda Wright
May 3 Two cruises: 8:30am & 1:30pm @ Statter Harbor
Berners Bay Cruises Be at Statter Harbor (Auke Bay) 15 minutes prior to departure. Parking is free at the harbor, but overflow may need to park at the Auke Bay Elementary School.
Hi 16.6 @ 0359
Lo -0.5 @ 1031
A.M. Mary Willson, Meg Cartwright
P.M. Brenda Wright, Mark Schwan
May 10 8am- 10am
Airport Dike Trail and Mendenhall Wetlands Meet at the parking lot at the end of Radcliffe Rd.
Lo 2.9 @ 0455
Hi 13.2 @ 1056
May 17 8am- 11am
Bird Banding at Juneau Community Garden, Montana Creek Road. All ages and walking ability, especially kids, are welcome.
Hi 18.8 @ 0303
Lo -3.3 @ 0937
Banding: Gwen Baluss
May 24 8am- 10am
Sandy Beach/Treadwell Historic Trail Meet at the parking lot for Savikko Park in Douglas
Lo 1.0 @ 0429
Hi 14.1 @ 1039
May 31 8am- 10am
Moose Lake area Meet at the parking lot next to the Mendenhall River bridge on Back Loop. Boots recommended if it is or has been raining.
Hi 17.2 @ 0259
Lo -1.6 @ 0930
June 7 8am- 10am
Brotherhood Bridge Meet at the parking lot across the highway from Dan Abel’s.
Lo 4.1 @ 0305
Hi 11.8 @ 0903
March 1 - June 1
Let the games begin! The 2014 Great American Arctic Birding Challenge runs March 1-June 1.
Try to beat last year’s champions: 144 species in Alaska or 126 species in the Lower 48.
Birds from across the country migrate to the Arctic to nest—how many can your team find in your state? Each team can have up to 6 members. We have separate Alaska and Lower 48 divisions (otherwise the Alaskans would have too much home court advantage); there will be winners in each division. So find a warbler expert, your friend with the top-of-the-line scope, or someone with supersonic hearing to identify those sparrow calls…or head out with your regular birding buddies. Birders of all ages are welcome to participate.
Get the checklist and contest rules. Did I mention there are prizes? There's even a bonus prize this year for any team that spots a Snowy Owl. Grab those binocs and start birding!
Alaska Bird Festivals 2014
Stikine River Birding Festival, April 24-26, 2014http://www.wrangell.com/birdingfestival/stikine-river-birding-festival-april-24-26-2014
HomerKachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, May 8-11, 2014
Cordova Shorebird Festival, May 8 - 11, 2014 http://cordovachamber.com/community/festivals-and-events/shorebird-festival
Yakutat Tern Festival,June 5-8, 2014. www.yakutatternfestival.org
Great Backyard Bird Count February 14-17, 2014:The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature and make a difference for birds. It’s free and easy. To learn more about how to join the count visit www.birdcount.org. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.
GBBC checklists can be accepted from anywhere in the world!Everyone is welcome--from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds.
Participants tally the number of individual birds of each species they see during their count period. They enter these numbers on the GBBC website. http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/
For information regarding prior GBBC click here
Great Backyard Bird Count 2014 Update
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/ ).
Alaska Bird Conference, Juneau, Alaska
December 9-11, 2014
Want to volunteer on a committee? Submit an abstract for a poster or paper?
Join us in Juneau this year for the 16th annual Alaska Bird Conference Click here
Or like us on Facebook.
2013 Juneau Christmas Bird Count
The Juneau Christmas Bird Count was held this year on Saturday, January 4. 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
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
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.