2019 Eugene Christmas Bird Count Set for December 29

Dick Lamster, 541.343.8664, maeveanddick@q.com

This year marks the 78th Eugene Christmas Bird Count (ECBC) and the 120th National Audubon Society (NAS) Christmas Bird Count. The ECBC this year will be on Sunday, December 29, 2019. Our 15-mile-diameter count circle is centered in the Danebo area of Eugene and is divided into 27 areas, each with a Team Leader. The Team Leaders organize the teams, lead the groups through the area during the count day, and then submit the results to the ECBC Steering Committee.

Count Coordinator 

Dick Lamster is the Count Coordinator again. 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, if he or she hasn’t already called you. 

Birds

Vjera Thompson will serve as Species Compiler again this year. 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, then submit all the results to NAS. Vjera will also work with Dick to prepare the post-count narrative. 

Home Counters

If you cannot participate on a count team but would like to count the birds that visit your yard, please contact Herb Wisner at 541.344.3634 or hrwisner@comcast.net. Herb will assist Home Counters in recording the birds they see and fold them into 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 for inclusion in the official results. Please contact Herb by December 24th if you would like to be a Home Counter.

Chili Feed

All Team Leaders and field 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 homemade vegetarian chili for this fun ending to a day full of birding. Here we will tally results and swap stories of the day’s sightings. The door to the Garden Club will open at 3:30 pm so you can stop by and warm up as soon as you finish your count. Chili will be served at 5:00 pm. 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 frequently overcast, but the 155 field observers rejoiced in having it mild with some sun compared to the past several ECBCs. Adding in the 76 Home Counters brought the participant total to 231. The number of birders in the field was higher than the average number for the past 10 years and tied with the 2008 ECBC for second most. Our record is 157 in 2012. The total number of Home Counters was down some from past years. We have consistently been in the top 10 in number of participants of all of the more than 2,500 Christmas Bird Counts. In 2017 we were ninth largest. The 2018 results were not available when this was written. 

The entire group identified 131 species on count day, and 3 more species were added during Count Week. This total is about average for the past 20 years. Our record, established in 2005, is 140 plus two more during count week. 

We recorded 77,329 individual birds. This is a low number for the past 20 years but slightly above the number seen the previous year. Our record for most individual birds is 129,874 seen in 2000. By now you can view results of last year’s ECBC, as well as all the other Christmas Bird Counts in North America, at 

www.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 29th!

 

2019 Christmas Bird Counts in Lane County

You can do all four if you want!

Florence CBC, Saturday, December 14

Contact: Ellen Cantor; ellencantor@gmail.com

Cottage Grove CBC, Saturday, December 28

Contact: Grace Fowler; GraceLovesBirds1@gmail.com

Eugene CBC, Sunday, December 29

Contact: Dick Lamster; maeveanddick@q.com

Oakridge CBC, Saturday, January 4

Contact: Joel Geier; joel.geier@peak.org

 

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Sunday, December 29, 2019 - 8:00am