Dark-eyed Junco

The 117th Audubon Christmas Bird Count begins December 14th and runs through January 5th. The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the US, Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24 hour period on one calendar day to count birds.

The Christmas Bird Count relies 100% on donations to provide support to compilers and volunteers on count day, to manage the historic database, and to fund the technology to make historic data available to researchers. The data collected by CBC participants over the past century and more have become one of only two large pools of information informing ornithologists and conservation biologists how the birds of the Americas are faring over time.

Birders of all skill levels are urged to participate in the Christmas Bird Count.

If you love birds, especially if you are a beginning bird watcher and want to learn about the birds where you live, you will want to participate in at least one Christmas Bird Count. You see, there is always at least one experienced birder in each field party, and each field party needs a recorder, someone to record the birds as they are counted.

While participating in my first Christmas Bird Count, not only did I learn which birds lived in my neighborhood in the winter, I learned where to find them on an American Ornithologists Union arranged bird check list, the same arrangement used by most bird guide books. If you are the group recorder, by the end of the day I guarantee you will have learned how to use a field guide to birds.

If you are an experienced birder you may be asked to lead a field party that covers a specific area within the 15 mile radius of your local count circle. Not only is this an excellent way to support bird conservation but you can also influence younger or less experienced birders by helping them identify birds and build their confidence in bird identification.

Getting involved in the Christmas Bird Count is easy!

All you have to do is go to Audubon’s count circle page to find a count circle near you and sign up! Don’t delay though, the counting starts in less than two weeks.

If you live in a designated Christmas Bird Count circle and are unable to go out into the field, you may still be able to participate by counting the birds in your own backyard. For more information on the 117th Audubon Annual Christmas Bird Count go to their home page or find an Audubon Chapter near you. Above all, whatever you do, have fun birding!

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Sarah Palin Secretary of Energy or the Interior?

by Larry Jordan on November 17, 2016

Sarah Palin

As of this posting Donald Trump LOST the popular vote of the 2016 presidential election by over 1,400,000 votes. So if you hear anyone try to claim that Trump has a mandate, feel free to laugh in their face. Now begins the degradation of our public lands. See my latest post at 10000 Birds.

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Recent Events Involving Our Public Lands Are Alarming

November 14, 2016
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  In case you missed the last news cycle, two weeks ago the seven armed antigovernment protesters thugs pictured above were acquitted of federal conspiracy and weapons charges stemming from that takeover of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last winter. See my full post at 10000 Birds. Did you like this? Share it:

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Mew Gull at 10000 Birds

October 20, 2016
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First Winter Mew Gull at Van Damme Beach, Little River Check out my latest 10000 Birds post on the Mew Gull (Larus canus) we discovered at Van Damme Beach in Little River before our Northern California Audubon Chapter Council meeting. Did you like this? Share it:

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The Wildlife Conservation Stamp Is Now The Wildlife Conservation Pass

July 31, 2016
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We are very excited to relaunch the Wildlife Conservation Stamp project as the Wildlife Conservation Pass. Rather than promote a second stamp, we’ve created a brand new alternative that stands on its own. It’s modern, and its design can be adapted for a variety of uses (see below). This will be an innovative way for […]

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Northern Red-shafted Flickers and Nestlings

June 16, 2016
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Click on photo for full sized image The proud father of five Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) nestlings perches near the entrance of the nestbox. See the full post which includes a video of the adults and the nestlings inside the box at 10000 Birds. Did you like this? Share it:

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Northern Flickers Have Finally Found Their Nest Box

May 19, 2016
Northern Flicker Female at Nest Box Entrance

Northern Flicker Female (Colaptes auratus cafer) at Nest Box Entrance I finally have a pair of Red-shafted Northern Flickers nesting the the nest box I mounted about three years ago. Watch the video below as the male beckons the female to the nesting site. And read the full post over at 10000 Birds! Did you […]

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Eurasian Wigeon Arrive at 10000 Birds

January 27, 2016
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Eurasian Wigeon Drake (Anas penelope) – Click on photo for full sized image Don’t miss my latest West Coast Beat Writer post over at 10000 Birds. I posted some nice photos of the Eurasian Wigeon along with some comparisons of American Wigeon. Did you like this? Share it:

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Marbled Godwit at Seal Rock Beach

December 16, 2015
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I recently spent some time watching birds on the beach near Seal Rock below the Cliff House in San Francisco. This Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) was one of the many shorebird species I observed. Check out my latest West Coast Beat Writer post over at 10000 Birds to see all the avifauna I encountered. Did […]

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Tell Congress To Fully Fund The Land And Water Conservation Fund

November 27, 2015
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  Created by Congress in 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was a bipartisan commitment to safeguard natural areas, water resources and our cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans. National parks like Rocky Mountain, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as national wildlife refuges, national […]

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Why Are Heermann’s Gulls Listed as Near Threatened?

October 21, 2015
Heermann's Gull

Wonder why the Heermann’s Gull (Larus heermanni) are listed as Near Threatened (NR) by the IUCN? Check out my latest West Coast Beat Writer post over at 10000 Birds! Did you like this? Share it:

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California Gulls at 10000 Birds

September 25, 2015
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Why are gulls so difficult to ID? Check out my latest post on the California Gull over at 10000 Birds. Did you like this? Share it:

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Cassin’s Finches Arrive at 10000 Birds

August 26, 2015
Cassin's Finch Male

Cassin’s Finch (Carpodacus cassinii) male photographed at Lassen Volcanic National Park is being featured (click on photos for full sized images) along with his female partner… in my latest West Coast Beat Writer post at 10000 Birds. You can see several photos of these two as well as a couple of their close relative, the Purple Finch […]

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Mountain Bluebirds at Lassen Volcanic National Park

July 29, 2015
Mountain Bluebird Male

Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) Don’t miss the Mountain Bluebird spotted at Lassen Volcanic National Park I posted over at 10000 Birds. There are several other birds pictured in the piece as well as some cool mammals like the Marmot! Did you like this? Share it:

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