December 15, Saturday
Please join us for the Juneau Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 15, 2018.
Birders of all levels are welcome. The Christmas Bird Count started in 1900 as an alternative to the tradition of shooting birds on Christmas Day. The idea caught on and spread across the Western hemisphere. The 2018 count is the 119th Christmas Bird Count and the 46th Juneau count. The National Audubon Society organizes the data generated by the event.
As usual, Juneau volunteers will meet at 8:00 a.m. on count day at either McDonald’s or Foodland IGA. Those wishing to count in the downtown, Thane, Douglas, and north Douglas areas will meet at the downtown Foodland IGA coffee bar. Those wishing to count in the Lemon Creek, airport, Mendenhall Valley, and Auke Bay areas will meet at the McDonald’s restaurant on Trout Street opposite the Valley Breeze In. We will divide into groups at the staging locations.
Volunteers should bring binoculars and be prepared for the weather and walking conditions. Expect to spend 3 to 5 hours in the field.
The Juneau count week will be Wednesday, December 12 – Tuesday, December 18. For those who want to take the count to the next level, get out and look for birds during count week. Species seen during count week that are not seen on count day will be noted in the final report.
After the count, there will be a potluck, where the birds and species seen on count day will be tallied. Directions to the potluck will be available on the morning of the count. The potluck is a nonsmoking, pet-free event.
We hope you can participate. If you have questions, please call Patty Rose at (907) 321-3328.
Audubon's 119th Christmas Bird Count will be conducted between the dates of Friday, December 14, 2018 through Saturday, January 5, 2019. Please note that Sunday, January 6, 2019 is not included in the 119th CBC period.