2017 Eugene Christmas Bird Count Approaches
Dick Lamster is the Count Coordinator and he will work with NAS on the administrative tasks of the count. He will also coordinate with the Team Leaders, handle publicity, co-write the post-count narrative, and assign new participants to teams. If you want to participate this year or change teams, call or email Dick. Otherwise, call your Team Leader from last year (although he or she might be calling you soon).
Dan Gleason is retiring as the Species Coordinator, and Vjera Thompson will be taking over those tasks. She will accept the bird checklists from the Team Leaders at the end of the count, hopefully at the chili feed. She will review rare and unusual bird sightings and then submit all the results to NAS. Vjera will also work with Dick to prepare the post-count narrative.
If you cannot participate on a count team but would like to count the birds that visit your yard, please call Herb Wisner at 541-344-3634. Herb is in charge of the Home Counters and will assist you in recording the birds you see and including them in the official count.
He will send you a form to help you record birds, coordinate your sightings with the leader of the count area you live in so that birds are not reported twice, and submit your sightings to Vjera to be included in the official results. Please call Herb by December 27th if you would like to be a Home Counter.
All Team Leaders and count participants are invited to gather after the count at the Eugene Garden Club at 1645 High Street for the traditional free chili feed. Allison Mickel, assisted by Sandy Poinsett and Kathy Wilson, will once again provide her homemade vegetarian chili for this fun ending to a day full of birding. We will tally results and swap stories of the day’s sightings. The door to the Garden Club will open at 3:30 p.m., so you can stop by as soon as you finish your count. Chili will be served at 5:00 p.m. Lane County Audubon Society will furnish the chili, along with salad, dinner rolls, chips, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Please bring your own table service, including plate, bowl, cup, and silverware. Everyone attending should also bring a dessert to share with others. If you would like to drink something other than what we provide, bring that too. I really encourage you to join us for this delicious ending to a long day.
Last Year’s Results
Last year the weather was cold and wet with some freezing conditions, but we still had 130 birders in the field and 111 Home Counters, for a total of 241 participants. The number of birders in the field was about the average number for the past ten years but the Home Counters were the most we have ever had. The entire group identified 131 species on count day and ten more species were added during Count Week. Identifying ten more species during Count Week is quite unusual. The total of 131 species is about average for the past 20 years. Our record, established in 2005, is 140 plus two more during Count Week.
We recorded 76,390 individual birds. This is a very low number for the past twenty years. Our record for most individual birds is 129,874 seen in 2000. You can view results of last year’s ECBC, as well as all the other Christmas Bird Counts in North America, at christmasbirdcount.org. Our count code is OREU.
We hope you can join us for this year’s ECBC. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, December 31st!