"As I grew up I was fervently desirous of becoming acquainted with Nature."
121st Audubon Christmas Bird Count
The FCAS Chapter
December 14th, 2020, through January 5, 2021
The 121st Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place from December 14 to January 5, this year with special precautions due to COVID-19. The CBC is the longest running citizen science survey in the world, and it provides critical data on bird population trends. Volunteers are assigned to cover designated areas within a 15-mile diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear all day. Volunteers who live within a count circle that just wish to record what comes to their backyard feeders also are welcome to participate.
CBCs are organized by the National Audubon Society. Our local chapter, FCAS, has no official role in CBCs but helps to promote them in the interest of science and for the benefit of our members who wish to participate. This year we are promoting quite a few CBCs. They are listed below with the date, location, and contact person for anyone wishing to participate.
Larimer County CBCs
- Sat 12/19 Fort Collins: Tom Hall - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fri 1/1 Loveland: Denise Bretting - email@example.com
- Sat 1/2 Rawhide Power Plant: Doug Kibbe - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sun 1/3 RMNP/Estes Park: Scott Rashid - email@example.com
Pawnee Grasslands CBCs
- All organized by Gary Lefko: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wed 12/16 Crow Valley
- Wed 12/23 Pawnee Buttes
- Sat 12/26 Nunn
- Sat 1/2 Stoneham
Given the rapidly changing and locally varying guidelines published by public health officials, it may become necessary to cancel some of the CBCs. The contact people listed above will inform those who have expressed interest in participating if that becomes necessary. For those CBCs that do proceed, National Audubon Society is insisting on strict adherence to the following safety precautions:
- Participants must follow all local public health restrictions
- Stay home if you or someone you’ve been in contact with has tested positive for COVID or exhibits any symptoms of being sick
- No carpooling with anyone unless you live with them
- Wear a mask or practice social distancing at all times, but recommend BOTH – even outdoors
- No equipment sharing (e.g., spotting scopes)
- No in-person data compilation gatherings