Seattle Christmas Bird Count - December 30, 2017
What: Since 1900, volunteers have surveyed 15 mile diameter circles to identify and count anything with feathers and a pulse. Seattle's first count was conducted in 1908 with 1 participant, 9 species and 43 individual birds recorded.
When: This year the Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, December 30th. The count starts at around dawn, and lasts until late afternoon or early evening.
Who: Birders of all stripes are welcome. Total novice? Don't worry, all volunteers are assigned to teams led by knowledgeable and experienced birdwatchers. It's a great introduction to the world of birdwatching. Please note: The in-the-field portion of the CBC is not appropriate for families with young children. However, families can still take part in the count by joining the CBC Feeder Watch program or by attending the Youth CBC on December 16th.
Feeder Watch: Don't want to, or can't leave the warm confines of your home? Have a young family that wants to take part? Only have an hour to spare? If your home is within the boundaries of the CBC circle and you've made prior arrangements with the count organizer, you can still take part in the count by reporting the birds that visit your feeder. Detailed information on how to do this can be found on our website.
Where: The count area is a 15 mile diameter circle centered on 1st Ave and Yesler Way E in downtown Seattle (map). Within the circle there are 14 smaller areas, so you don't have to travel far from home to take part.
Why: All results are tallied by a compiler and submitted to the National Audubon Society. These data are incorporated into important research, like the Audubon Climate Report and the annual State of North American Birds report.
Potluck: After the count you are encouraged to join other Seattle CBC leaders and particpants at the CBC Soup Potluck to get warm and listen to preliminary count results. The Potluck will take place at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church hall (map) from 4-7pm.