"The gay bunting erects his white crest, and gives utterance to the joy he feels in the presence of his brooding mate; the willow grouse on the rock crows his challenge aloud; each floweret, chilled by the night air, expands its pure petals; the gentle breeze shakes from the blades of grass the heavy dewdrops."
Christmas Bird Count
December 14, 2017—January5, 2018
The 118th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place from December 14 to January 5, 2018. The CBC is the longest running citizen science survey in the world, and it provides critical data on bird population trends. Tens of thousands of participants now that it is also a great way to make new friends and have fun! Volunteers are assigned in teams to cover designated areas within a 15-mile diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear all day. This year, the Fort Collins CBC is scheduled for Saturday, December 16 and will be coordinated by Tom Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Rawhide Power Plant CBC, organized by Doug Kibbe (email@example.com), takes place on Saturday, December 30. And finally, the Loveland count will be on Monday, January 1 and coordinated by Nick Komar (firstname.lastname@example.org). Contact Tom, Doug, or Nick to participate in the CBC. Advanced birding skills are not required; beginners can be paired with more experienced birders. Volunteers who live within a count circle that just wish to record what comes to their backyard feeders also are welcome to participate; they should contact the CBC coordinator for details.