Walk the island from dawn to dusk listening, watching, counting. Enjoy the quiet time of year. Or sit in your recliner and watch colorful winter birds visit your bird feeder for a portion of the day. It all adds up with statistics from other birders around the country to give us a snapshot of how bird populations are doing-the Audubon Christmas Bird Count is in 118th year-what a tradition to be a part of! This citizen science effort has given us data on changing bird populations-and is great fun! Birders everywhere will be out looking and counting during this count week time. If you want to be part of this historical event, here is how locally.
The Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be held in the Lake Erie Islands Count Circle on Sunday, December 17, 2017. Participants will be needed on Kelleys, Pelee, and the Bass Islands that day. On South Bass, we need volunteers to listen for owls in the early morning, travel the island bird watching during the day, and to watch their feeders at home. We are also looking for birders or feeder watchers to help with Middle Bass and North Bass.
If you are interested in watching your feeders or traveling South Bass for all or part of the day, call Lisa Brohl at (419) 366-2087 or e-mail at email@example.com. Those on South Bass can meet at the Brohl residence (441 Mitchell Rd.) at 7:00 AM for coffee. We will get together for pizza and to share results after the count. Please contact Nancy Welter to participate on Middle Bass at 419-341-5806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Pogacnik, the official Count Circle Compiler, will be coordinating the efforts on Kelleys Island. Please correspond with him at email@example.com or Tom Bartlett at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to help at Kelleys.
Participation in the Christmas Bird Count is free and a lot of fun! Join us this year!