Fill your feeders with black oil sunflower seeds, and hang up the suet! It’s time to get ready for the annual Seward Christmas Bird Count. All across the country, citizen scientists will help to gather important information about bird populations, movements, and trends.
This year’s Seward CBC will be Sunday, December 22nd. Field Counters will meet at 9 am at Jim Herbert’s house at 420 Third Avenue to confirm their area and team assignments. Be prepared to walk parts of your route, and drive with the car windows open if necessary. Dress for the weather whatever it is, and bring more layers in case; bring lunch, snacks, and beverages for a full day outside. Binoculars, spotting scope, and bird book are helpful. A great attitude is the best tool!
Results will be tabulated at 4 pm at Resurrect Art at 320 Third Ave. Feeder Watchers are welcome to attend the tally or may email their results.
Count Week is December 19-21, and December 23-25. During Count Week, only the kind of bird is noted, not the numbers. If you hear owls or see any unusual birds, let me know. You do not have to be a Count Day participant to share your Count Week birds.
The National Audubon Society no longer requires the $5 participation fee as the national results will be posted on-line. Donations to help with the CBC are always appreciated.
Please contact count compiler Carol Griswold at c_griz at yahoo dot com for more information. Let me know if you plan to participate either as a Field Counter or as a Feeder Watcher. If you have an active feeder we could check, please let me know.
Seward CBC Compiler