What is the Christmas Bird Count? 

Want to help the folks doing the count this year?  We can make that happen!

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is an annual event in December of each year during which individuals in communities all over the United States spend one day counting bird species within a defined area.

At one point in our history, it was a day when hunters went out and shot as many birds and other animals as they could!  Then some folks (members of the newly formed Audubon Society) thought to change the tradition to a bird census instead of a bird kill!

There is a CBC in Douglas County each December.  This year we are inviting interested volunteers to come help us with the post-count event at the Roseburg Public Library on Saturday, Dec 17th.  Setup starts at 3pm; counters start arriving around 4:30 and we wind up around 8pm.  The folks who have been birding all day will come there to tally their days numbers and report them.  We want to serve them a nice meal and find out what they saw.

If you would like to help us with the post-count event, we need help with: setting up, providing food (the menu will be soup, salads, bread, appetizers, goodies for dessert, beverages), & cleaning up after the event.  We’d love to have your help AND you can see what the CBC is all about!

Please contact me for more information and to sign up!

Tracy Maxwell

Audubon Outreach Coordinator

Tracy.maxwell@ucancap.org

831-809-3488

(Definition of CBC from Wikipedia:  The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a census of birds in the Western Hemisphere, performed annually in the early Northern-hemisphere winter by volunteer birdwatchers and administered by the National Audubon Society. The purpose is to provide population data for use in science, especially conservation biology, though many people participate for recreation. The CBC is the longest-running citizen science survey in the world.)