Education & Outreach Programs

Appleton-Whittell Christmas Bird Count

Come on out for this seasons Christmas Bird Count (AZAW) Thursday January 3rd. For more information on participating please contact Suzanne Wilcox through the link listed below. Last seasons Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch CBC held on Wednesday January 3, 2018 was a great success. We had 29 participants that observed a total of 3176 individuals and 104 species. The highlights from the count were two golden eagles, a high number of Gadwalls at 16, a new high number of Blue-winged teals at 29 and a second all time high number for Northern pintails at 22. Count week birds spotted included a Swainson's hawk and an Elegant trogon. We also had one rare bird sighting of a Pacific wren.

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 2016 - Total Species = 105  and Total Individuals = 2726

AZAW CBC 2017 - Total Species = 102  and Total Individuals = 4448

AZAW CBC 2018 - Total Species = 104 and Total Individuals = 3176

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

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