Education & Outreach Programs

Appleton-Whittell Christmas Bird Count

The AZAW CBC for 2021 has been successfully completed. Thank you to all of our 41 participants who were able to participate given our continued COVID restrictions. Currently all numbers are tentative, species count is 102 with a total bird count of 8118. The overall high number for total bird count is due to a sighting of 3000 Brewer's Blackbirds from out East Mesa section team and overall high numbers of Mourning Doves. Highlights to be listed shortly.

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      *Note - One section was unable to be covered

AZAW CBC 2020 - Total Species = 112, Total Individuals = 4940

AZAW CBC 2021 - Total Species = 102, Total Individuals = 8118  *Tentative - early numbers

If you would like to participate please email researchranch@audubon.org to get more information.

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