Christmas Bird Count
December 17, a Saturday, is the date for Eastside Audubon's 2016 Christmas Bird Count.
Each year on a Saturday in December, Eastside Audubon sends out eight birding teams and organizes backyard birders to cover our assigned area for the nationwide Christmas Bird Count organized by National Audubon.
Afterward we get together for an informal dinner and share the day's results.
Join a Christmas Bird Count Team
Everyone, novice or expert, has a part to play on one of Eastside Audubon's eight field teams for the Christmas Bird Count.
Each team spends CBC day driving a planned route with stops to tally the birds they find.
If you live within the Eastside Audubon CBC count circle, you can count birds at home for the CBC.
Here's what you do:
- Count the birds in your yard on Saturday, December 17, for at least two hours.
- List the names of the bird species you see and tally the number of each (e.g., American Robins – 20; Hermit Thrush – 2).
- Before 5 p.m. on December 17, email your results to Sharon Aagaard or leave her a voicemail with your results.
Phone Sharon: 425-891-3460
Christmas Bird Count Dinner
At the end of the CBC day, everyone is invited for a warm and casual dinner. We enjoy a hot meal, tally the day's results, and celebrate.
For details about this year's dinner, please check the Eastside Audubon Calendar for December.
What Happens to Our Count Data
Along with hundreds of Audubon chapters nationwide, we send our tallies to National Audubon for compilation. Throughout the year, scientists use the results to study bird distribution and population trends and identify conservation priorities.
We report the key findings from the Eastside Audubon count in our newsletter, The Corvid Crier, and post the highlights to the website.