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Christmas Bird Count and Dinner: December 14

Will you be the birder who spots a species no one has ever seen on an Eastside Audubon Christmas Bird Count?

Northern Saw-whet Owl, by Mick ThompsonIt could happen: Last year we found four bird species we hadn’t counted before.

Or perhaps you’ll be the first EAS birder since 2009 to see a California Quail on count day.

Whatever surprises occur (and they always do), your birding on the Christmas Bird Count this December 14 will add to the data that ornithologists use to map bird population trends and understand the effects of climate change.

Our CBC is part of the 114th nationwide count in a row, and you can play an important part whether you’re new to birding or have years of experience.

Participate in the Field or at Home

To participate in a full day of CBC birding in the field, you can join an EAS teams that will go out on Saturday, December 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and survey the area assigned to our chapter by National Audubon.

At publication time, five teams were still recruiting birders for December 14.

Learn how to sign up for a CBC team

If you don’t have a full day for the bird count or you prefer to stay home, you can participate on December 14 by counting birds for two hours in your back yard.

Learn how to participate in the CBC at home

Christmas Bird Count Dinner

At the end of count day, everyone who participates can join in the traditional EAS Christmas Bird Count dinner and tally of the day’s results.

Jill Keeney and Diane Crestanello are organizing the evening, and will be serving up a hot dinner, salad, coffee, and tea.

When: December 14, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Where: Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 4th Avenue South, Kirkland.
Downstairs (enter on State Street side).
Bring: Appetizer or dessert and your beverage of choice
Help: Diane and Jill need a hand setting up tables and chairs for the dinner. If you can help at 4:30, please let them know in advance. Email Diane or Jill.

Photo: Northern Saw-whet Owl, by Mick Thompson. One of four species seen on an EAS bird count for the first time in 2012.

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