CALLING ALL CBCers to the Concord, Massachusetts count, in business since 1960! We are número cinco of 2,536 circles by participation. December is the month to connect with leadership and your field team partners. From the menu above you will find instructions for feeder bird counting and joining a field party. Free checklists can be downloaded and printed at home or filled in electronically. Town coordinators’ phones and emails are listed on the Contact Us page and sidebar. Volunteers are not required to live in the count circle to join. Simply choose a town that has spots for participants. Feeders must be located inside the circle, but you are welcome to join circle friends for a feeder watch. And do not forget Count Week, which brackets the big day three days before and three following.
The potluck supper* and countdown will be held the following TUESDAY EVENING January 2 in Sudbury Valley Trustees’ Wolbach farmhouse. Doors open at 6:30. We have room for 40 which makes space for about 22 guests in addition to essential personnel. Entrées, salads, desserts, and drinks are needed. Our event will be postponed if severe weather makes driving and parking impossible. Check this page for an update.
And now a few words about our (non) commercial sponsor, Sudbury Valley Trustees, a regional land trust that owns and actively stewards seventy properties totaling over 2,300 acres in permanent conservation that provide vital habitat for birds and other animal and plant communities. Some of these properties are censused on the count. SVT generously hosts our evening countdown and pot luck supper when we compile our results. We urge you to become a member, join the fun, and enroll in some of the educational programs on the calendar. Go from the marsh wren perched on a cattail at the bottom of this page. SVT welcomes volunteers and especially skilled natural history enthusiasts who are wil-ling to lead programs.
The Christmas Bird Count is owned and operated by National Audubon Society in partnership with Bird Studies Canada, the North American Breeding Bird Survey, and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Veteran field participants remember when they actually had to pay to participate. Joining the the count is free but it still needs your contributions. Please consider a donation to the CBC to support the science and the welfare of our North American birds. Follow the Audubon heron logo below.
So here’s to the best in winter birding. We hope to see you afield or watching your feeders from frosty windowpanes last week of December!
Now available in the paperless editions: The 117th Christmas Bird Count Summary by Geoffrey S. LeBaron and The 117th CBC in New England.