117th CBC (2016-17)

Weminuche Audubon Society welcomes all local residents, visitors, and bird enthusiasts to join the longest running citizen science survey in the world, the Christmas Bird Count.

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a 117 year-old program of the National Audubon Society.  Each year, thousands of volunteers across the Western Hemisphere come together to participate in this early-winter bird census.  The CBC provides critical data on bird population trends, with viewers logging what they see and hear within a 15-mile diameter count circle.  Individuals may submit counts from their backyard feeders (you will need to make arrangements with the count organizer) or join a team to traverse one of eight zones within the count circle.

The Pagosa Springs count will take place on Saturday, December 17th.

Participants are invited to attend the wrap-up party and chili dinner from 4-7pm at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, CSU Extension Building, 344 Hwy 84.  In the event of foul weather on the 17th, proposed alternate dates include December 18, January 1, or January 2.

In order to prepare for the count, Audubon Rockies’ Keith Bruno will host two bird identification classes, “Winter Birds 101”, on two evenings prior to the count –December 7th and 14th from 6-8pm in the West Conference Room of the Ross Aragon Community Center.

We hope you’ll join in on the fun, learning about birds, and contributing to citizen science.  For more information, call Dottie George at (970) 731-5759.