Dec 03 2016
‘Tis the season to count birds.
The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is an annual year-end tradition of tallying birds, now in its 117th year. Each count is a 7-mile radius circle manned by volunteers who count the birds they see in a single 24-hour period.
There are 14 counts planned for the Pittsburgh area between now and early January. See the table below for the list and click here for a map of the local count circles compiled by Bob Mulvihill at the National Aviary.
It’s easy to participate and no experience is necessary! You can count at your own feeders or go out in the field, paired with another birder.
Call the compiler ahead of time to let him know you’re coming, especially if the count will be held over the holidays. The Pittsburgh Count on December 31 has so many participants that each section has its own compiler. Click here for the sections and contacts.
I’ll be counting in the Pittsburgh circle.
I hope to see you in the field.
2016 Christmas Bird Counts in the Pittsburgh Area
|Date||County||CBC Name||Compiler||Contact Info|
|Sat. 12/17/2016||Beaver||Beaver||Rick Mason||724-847-0909
Mary A Koeneke
|Buffalo Creek Valley||George Reese||724-353-9649
|Pittsburgh South Hills||Nancy Page||412-221-4795|
|Sun. 12/18/2016||Washington||Buffalo Creek||Larry Helgerman||412-508-0321
|Mon. 12/26/2016||Indiana||Indiana||Roger & Margaret Higbee||724-354-3493
|Wed. 12/28/2016||Westmoreland||Bushy Run||Dick Byers||724-593-3543
|Sat. 12/31/2016||Allegheny||Pittsburgh||Brian Shema||412-963-6100
There are compilers for each section of the circle. Click here for details.
|Mon. 1/2/2017||Westmoreland||Rector||Matt Webb||412-622-5591
|Sat. 1/7/2017||Butler||South Butler||Chris Kubiak||412-963-6100
Read more about the Christmas Bird Count here at audubon.org.
(photo by Gary Peeples www.fws.gov/asheville/ via Wikimedia Commons. Click on the image to see the original)