Calling all CBCers —
As we approach the Concord circle’s 54th count this is a good time to welcome our field and feeder volunteers, veterans and new participants alike.
• We have new checklists. Please file away your old ones and download current ones from Checklists & Forms. The short field list has more room to tick off common species such as chickadee and titmouse. Also, the effort form is published at the top of both the feeder and field sheets and the new documents will look familiar to anyone who eBirds or participates in breeding bird surveys. I would like to stick with the same checklists from year-to-year, but feel welcome to write or submit comments and I will consider minor revisions. You might find a bird missing from the list; please add it in an empty space at the bottom of the page. If you prefer going afield with a really, really long tally sheet simply print the first three pages of the Town Coordinators’ Workbook PDF.
• We have maps! Our circle encompasses chunks of several towns. In fact, only tiny bits of a few towns fall within the circle. Don’t know precisely where the circle boundary is? Download, explore, and print the relevant portions of our maps located on the Maps/Resources page of our website.
• CBCers making plans to census in Great Meadows and Assabet National Wildlife Refuges must sign up with their respective town sector coordinators. We are operating under a Special Use Permit with new rules issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Please go to the Refuge Access page for more details.
• This is old news, really, but the field participation fee has been abolished. However, The Christmas Bird Count still needs your financial support to fund the count. Not all CBCers are volunteers: there are science and research staff and supporting personnel as well as software and publicity expenses. Donations of any amount can be made here.
New volunteers coming to the Concord CBC should browse the site and contact their town sector coordinator or any town coordinator accepting new people. You do not have to live inside the Concord circle to participate.