Blackbrook Audubon Society invites everyone to add their observations to the 123rd annual Christmas Bird Count Sunday, December 18. Blackbrook encourages birders of all skill levels to join the CBC at the start time of your choosing in one of two ways: in the field or from the comfort of your own home.
The object of the CBC is to count all the bird species and number of birds in a 15-mile diameter circle in one 24-hour period between December 14 and January 5. Anyone living within the circle can also report birds at their feeder. To be assigned to a team covering a specific area on foot or in a vehicle, or to report backyard feeder counts, contact Dan Donaldson, the compiler for Blackbrook’s circle, at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will provide details on how to join the virtual tally party at 7:00 p.m. when everyone can share stories of the day’s census.
Since this year’s count takes place on a Sunday, the usual lunch venue is not available. Instead, counters can meet at Hellriegel’s Inn, 1840 Mentor Ave., Painesville at 11:30 a.m. Their breakfast buffet runs till 1:00 p.m. or their regular lunch menu is available at 11:30. Blackbrook requests RSVPs to email@example.com for those who plan to attend so a block of tables can be reserved. Counters may choose to head back out to add to their lists.
Blackbrook’s CBC circle extends from Lost Nation Airport to Western Perry, Lake Erie south to Holden Arboretum and Big Creek Park in Geauga County.
Blackbrook Audubon’s territory covers Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake counties. The Ashtabula CBC, centered just east of Kingsville, will be Saturday, December 31. Marc Hanneman compiles this count which covers both Ashtabula and Conneaut Harbors, as well as several Ashtabula County Metroparks. Contact Marc at firstname.lastname@example.org to help with that count.
The Burton CBC held in Geauga County will be Monday, January 2, 2023. Linda Gilbert, the primary compiler and a naturalist with Geauga Park District, can be reached at email@example.com. Dan Best will assist with the compiling of lists for the Burton count.
Circles for the count stretch from Arctic Bay, Baffin Island in Canada to a NOAA research vessel in the Drake Passage at the southern-most tip of South America; as far west as Guam in the Pacific to the eastern tip of Brazil. Census takers in the NEO circles share the same mission and may count on the same day as birders in some of these far-off places. View a map of active CBC circles at https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count. For more information on the local Audubon chapter and count, visit blackbrookaudubon.org.
The Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running community science bird project in North America and helps biologists monitor bird population trends. Beginning on Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman proposed a new holiday tradition – a “Christmas Bird Census” when people would count birds rather than hunt them.