Education & Outreach Programs

Appleton-Whittell Christmas Bird Count

A BIG Thanks our 36 participants who braved the weather for this seasons AZAW CBC. Our tentative numbers were up from last season, total bird count 3275 and the total species count 106. The highlights include 215 American Wigeons, 1 Sora, 9 Killdeer, 19 Cactus Wren, 162 American Robins, 10 Cedar Waxwings, 12 Chestnut-collared Longspurs, 22 Yellow-headed Blackbirds, and 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. The quail and sparrow numbers are down but we were able to include a Ferruginous Hawk, Gray Hawk and a Common Poorwill from count week.

The National Audubon Society has conducted Christmas bird counts since the year 1900. Volunteers from throughout the Western Hemisphere go afield during one calendar day between December 14 and January 5 to record every bird species and individual bird encountered within a designated 15-mile diameter circle. These records now comprise an extensive ornithological database that enables monitoring of winter bird populations and the overall health of the environment.

Participants are typically assigned to teams based on their bird identification skills and endurance. Many counts hold a compilation dinner at the end of the day where results are tabulated and stories shared. There is no longer a participation fee. Help is needed on most of these counts, so find one or more of interest to you and contact the compiler for information.

by Walter Thurber

AZAW CBC 2015 - Total Species = 105, Total Individuals = 2726

AZAW CBC 2016 - Total Species = 102, Total Individuals = 4448

AZAW CBC 2017 - Total Species = 104, Total Individuals = 3176

AZAW CBC 2018 - Total Species = 106, Total Individuals = 3275

If you would like to participate please email Suzanne Wilcox to get more information.

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