Calling all winter bird counters! CBC, the Concord circle edition, will take flight January 2, 2022 midnight to midnight, bracketed by the count period, three days before and three after the big day. Volunteers should connect with their leadership the first few weeks of December. New participants are encouraged to browse these pages for the rules of the game.
Please conform to local pandemic related regulations; these go town by town at this point and apply to indoor activities so our count should feel almost “normal”. Audubon has published the following requirements HERE. Read Option 1. Countdown evening festivities are up in the air at the moment; as far as I know SVT’s Wolbach farmhouse is not open for group events. Audubon requires us to wear masks indoors. Gets complicated. But we’ll see in a month. Plan B is another Zoom meeting if we have a host.
A few introductions: We have new leadership in the Bolton, Maynard, Stow sector and Wayland. As you may know, Steve Moore has retired from coordinating so all you Bolton, Maynard, and Stow volunteers must connect with Nick Tepper, who knows the territory better than anyone. Nick is not just an expert birder but a rounded naturalist who knows the vocalizations of the North American River Otter, can distinguish Northern and Southern flying squirrel chirps and the stridulations and calls of singing insects. Nick can be found many evenings in the Stow Marshes but for the present purposes I’d suggest going to his contact pages linked from the right sidebar and sign up by phone or email.
Long-time Wayland resident and CBCer Daryl Vanderburgh will anchor, of course, Wayland with an assist from the John Andrews team. I don’t know a lot about Daryl but I’ve heard he can be found prowling for snowy owls cold January weekends along Plum Island. He will consolidate the data for Wayland—so feeder watchers and field team leaders should submit their results to Daryl.
Huge thanks to Kathy Dia for directing the Concord volunteers for several years and going where others fear to tread; I write this because Kathy has retired from leadership. Concord has about seventy participants so this is a job.
All volunteers censusing in the National Wildlife Refuge properties must alert their town leaders ten days before count day. We need only your names and name of the Refuge. We are under the strict guidance of a Federal Special Use Permit. (Hey, I don’t make the rules.) Also, HQ would like to archive your checklists; please sequester your Refuge field lists and submit them to the compiler or your town leader.
eBirders! Remember to record your car miles and time spent in car for both daylight counting and owling. eBirding is a great way to do the count but it will not record your car miles and times unless you create separate checklists while birding IN your car.
Anyway, thanks for your participation and good luck with Concord count number 62—and the winter!
Many thanks to our sponsor, Sudbury Valley Trustees, for their support and accommodations in years past; We will post information about our countdown in December. Several SVT properties are censused during the count. Please become a member if you have not joined.
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 logo.