2020 Eugene Christmas Bird Count

The 2020 Eugene Christmas Bird Count (ECBC) will happen, but it will be different! Our 79th Count will occur on Sunday, January 3, 2021. National Audubon Society (NAS) has issued guidelines for conducting the CBC this year and we will abide by them. The guidelines include wearing masks, social distancing, and large gatherings only in accordance with the state rules.

 The biggest difference this year is that we will not have a Chili Feed Countdown at the end of the day. This event has always been a really fun ending to a long day of birdwatching. In recent years, more than 100 people have attended. In its place this year, we are planning a Zoom Countdown. Details will be posted to the LCAS website and Facebook page in mid-December.

We will have 27 Team Leaders looking for birds in their designated areas within the 15-mile diameter circle. Each Team Leader will manage their team according to what works best for them. If you were on a team last year, the Team Leader should be contacting you with information for this year. If you have not heard from them by the first week of December, contact them or Dick Lamster at maeveanddick@q.com or 541.343.8664. Others birders wanting to go on the count this year can also contact Dick.     by Dick Lamster

News Flash — Home Counters!

After 30 years of serving as ECBC Home Count Coordinator, Herb Wisner (age 98 ½) is taking a break and turning the job over to Marcia Maffei. LCAS thanks you, Herb, for your dedication over all those years!

Interested in Being a Home Counter?

If you cannot participate on a CBC team in the field this year, please consider being a CBC Home Counter. From the comfort of your own home, you can record the birds you see at your feeder, in your yard or overhead. Your bird count will be included in the report to the National Audubon Society. To see if your home is in the official Count Area, click on this link: laneaudubon.org/sites/default/files/ECBC-mapcircle_0.pdf

Close to 100 households participate as Home Counters each year. If you want to participate in this way this year, please contact Marcia by December 28th. You will receive instructions and she will assist you in recording your count.

Contact: birds2count@gmail.com or call 541.501.1280 and please leave a message.

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Sunday, January 3, 2021 - 8:00am