Saturday, December 16!
For the 60th straight year, the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society will join chapters across the country and in North and South America, Hawaii, and the Caribbean to take part in the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. The CBC is one of the many ways Audubon helps scientists, researchers and the interested public keep track of bird populations. Variations in the presence and numbers of species in varying locales provide an important window onto the effects of climate, human activity and other factors that affect avian breeding and migration. On top of that, hauling out the binoculars and getting together with birdwatchers, out in nature, to see what we can see is always a lot of very satisfying fun.
To get a comprehensive indication of the health of bird population in the valley, we need plenty of counters. Extensive birding experience is not a prerequisite, only possession of a pair of binoculars and a willingness to come out and count—wind, rain, or shine. Consult the map below to find one of our traditional guided-count centers, get directions, meeting time and the leader's email. Click on the blue pins for full information. It's advisable to contact the leader, let him/her know you plan to come and count -- and swap cell phone numbers to stay in touch on the Day Of.
Those unable to join one of the count groups may assist by noting species and numbers of birds at backyard feeders, local parks and neighborhoods provided such counts take place within a 7.5 mile radius circle (see radius map below, click to enlarge) from the count center at the intersection of Balboa and Nordhoff.
Questions? Email us at [email protected]
Please report all such counts along with the time spent observing to Jim Moore by e-mail, [email protected] no later than January 8, 2018.