Yikes! Where has the time gone!? I’m late!
The 119th Christmas Bird Count (CBC) begins today (Fri 14 Dec 2018) and runs through Saturday 5 Jan 2019. As I write this post some Christmas Bird Counts are already underway.
Counting birds at Christmastime is an annual international tradition, coordinated in the U.S. by the National Audubon Society. Each “Count” is a 15-mile diameter circle manned by volunteers who count the birds they see in a single 24-hour period. Each circle has a Compiler who makes sure there’s no birding overlap.
In the Pittsburgh area there are 14+ circles shown in the map and table below. Some are as early as tomorrow, Sat Dec 15.
It’s easy to participate. Volunteer to count at your own feeders or out in the field. But first, be sure to call or email the compiler to confirm your assignment.
This list of Pittsburgh area counts is a subset of Pennsylvania’s CBCs. Please see the PSO Nov 2018 newsletter for the real thing.
|Count Name||County (general area)||Date||Coordinator||Contact Info|
|Beaver||Beaver||Sat Dec 15||Rick Masonfirstname.lastname@example.org 724-847-0909|
|Buffalo Creek||Washington||Sun Dec 16||Larry Helgermanemail@example.com 412-508-0321|
|Buffalo Creek Valley||Butler, Armstrong||Sat Dec 15||George Reesefirstname.lastname@example.org, 724-353-9649|
|Bushy Run||Westmoreland||Sun Dec 30||Dick Byersemail@example.com 724-593-3543|
|Butler||Butler, Lawrence, Mercer||Sat Dec 15||Glenn Koppel & Mary Alice Koenekefirstname.lastname@example.org 703-203-3362|
|Clarksville||Greene||Sat Dec 22||Terry Daytonemail@example.com 724-998-7099|
|Sun Dec 23||Bob Mulvihillfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Indiana||Indiana||Wed Dec 26||Roger & Marg Higbee||724-354-3493
|Ohiopyle||Fayette, Somerset||Sat Jan 5||Matt Juskowich||412-999-0394 email@example.com|
|Pittsburgh||Allegheny||Sat Dec 29||Brian Shema, ASWPfirstname.lastname@example.org ASWP Christmas Bird Count|
|Allegheny||Sat Dec 15||Nancy Page||412-221-4795|
|Rector||Westmoreland||Sun Dec 23||Luke DeGrootemail@example.com 724-593-7521|
|Ryerson||Greene||Sat Dec 29||Marjorie Howardfirstname.lastname@example.org 724-852-3155|
|South Butler||Butler||Sun Dec 16||Chris Kubiakemail@example.com 412-963-6100|
|Washington||Washington||Sat Dec 15||Thomas Contrerasfirstname.lastname@example.org 724-223-6118|
I’ll be counting in the Pittsburgh circle on Sat. 29 Dec 2018. Coordinated by Brian Shema at AWSP, the Pittsburgh CBC has so many participants that it’s divided into sections with compilers for each one.
Check the CBC map on the National Audubon website to find a circle near you.
Now’s the time to count.
(photo by Kate St. John, screenshot of CBC map from National Audubon)