Education & Outreach Programs

Appleton-Whittell Christmas Bird Count

Thank you to our 37 participants who volunteered to make our CBC a success once again this year. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather this year but unfortunately the overall numbers were down. Our tentative numbers are 3164 for total bird count and 93 for our total species count. The highlights include 36 Ring-necked ducks, 9 Wilson's Snipes, 31 Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, 16 Rock Wrens, 7 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 31 Curve-billed Thrashers, 7 Northern Cardinals, and 44 Pyrrhuloxia. Many reported seeing fewer birds in areas but slightly more diversity.

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. 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

AZAW CBC 2019 - Total Species = 93, Total Individuals = 3164

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

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