THE 115TH CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Birders will be amassing from December 14, 2014 to January 5, 2015 to count as many birds as possible. Below are count dates around Wyoming including our 2 local counts.
DECEMBER 14, 2014 CBC’s
Green River – Participants will meet at the McDonald’s on Uinta Drive (just north of the river bridge) at 7:00 a.m. to assign count areas, then back at McDonald’s around lunchtime, and finally at Fred and Fern Linton’s home afterwards for the count tally and spaghetti feast. If you are interested in participating, please contact me via email or cellphone at 208-380-5802. Thanks & happy birding! (Submitted by Dave Mead)
Evanston WY/UT – Those interested should meet 7:30 am at the Hornet’s Nest Gas Station, 8 miles north of Evanston on Rt. 89. The Evanston circle holds the all-time record count for Greater Sage-Grouse, 698 in 1986.
For more details contact Tim Gorman at 307-789-3833 or 307-679-0656.
Albany County – hosted by the Laramie Audubon Society. If you would like to participate, meet at Coal Creek Coffee (110 E. Grand) at 7:30 am on the day of the count to get data forms and team assignments. We will reconvene at The Grounds Internet and Coffee Lounge (171 N. 3rd St.) from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm to drop off morning reports and regroup for those continuing in the afternoon. Feeder watchers are also welcome. We will end the day with a chili supper where results will be compiled. Contact me for more information or if you would like to be assigned a route early (307.286.1972 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Shay Howlin – Laramie
Dubois – Please contact Anna Moscicki at email@example.com or 307-455-2904 to participate. (Submitted by Eva Crane)
DECEMBER 20, 2014 CBC’s
Kane – Sponsored by Meadowlark Audubon Society of the Big Horn Basin.
Meet at the Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area Visitor’s Center in Lovell at 7 a.m. At sunrise the teams will cover their routes and regroup at 4 p.m. for a chili dinner and compilation. Please drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle if possible. Bring binoculars, bird books, spotting scope, CAMERA, lunch, side dish for dinner, warm clothing & footwear, hat & gloves, and plenty of water and/or warm drinks.
The Kane Count Circle is centered around the old town of Kane and includes a good portion of the Yellowtail Habitat. Since the pheasant season is still open, wearing hunter orange is a good idea for your own safety. Everyone welcome – no expertise required so bring a friend! We thank the National Park Service for being our host. Contact Neil and Jennifer Miller @ 568-9346 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. (Info. submitted by Joyce Cicco – email@example.com)
Lander – Come join us. Del Nelson–332-5102
Casper – Planning meeting will be Dec. 18 at 7:00 PM at the Tate Museum. On the day of the count, meet at King’s Corner – 112 S. Beech – at 7:00 AM. Meet back at King’s Corner at 5:30 PM for a pot luck supper and compiling of count. Feeder watchers WANTED! Count the largest number seen at one time. Also, counters do not have to spend all day watching their feeders, even just one time on the day would be enough. Send in count tally to Bruce Walgren at firstname.lastname@example.org or 234-7455.
DECEMBER 27, 2014 CBC’s
Guernsey – Fort Laramie – Jane Dorn, compiler for the Guernsey – Fort Laramie Christmas Bird Count has set as the date.
If you are interested in carpooling from Cheyenne, please contact me, Barb Gorges, 634-0463, email@example.com.
Please let Jane know if you plan to participate, 307-640-4002, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Start at 8 a.m. at the Fort Laramie Post Office, second meeting point at the entrance to Guernsey State Park at 9:30 a.m. I assume any from Cheyenne will car pool. Bring lunch and drinks. I will plan a tally party, chili supper at my house starting around 5 p.m. That should put everyone on the road no later than 6:30 or 7:00. We’ll see whether we owl or not, will mostly depend on the weather and interest of others.
Cody – Backup date in case of blizzard – Jan. 3, 2015.
If you would like to join the Cody CBC, call Joyce Cicco at 307-527-5030, or email email@example.com. The Cody routes are assigned prior to the count and participants receive route maps, bird checklists, and other information about the count in the mail. It is then up to those covering each route to meet up and cover their territory. At 6:00 p.m. we will gather at the Christ Episcopal Church, 825 Simpson Avenue in Cody, to tally the results of the count and then enjoy a pot-luck supper. Soup and beverages will be provided. Please bring a dish of your choice to share.
All levels of birders are welcome and we’ll try to pair experienced birders with those with less experience. Since the count will be after Christmas this year, perhaps Santa will have left you a new pair of binoculars or a new scope.
National Audubon is no longer charging a fee to participate in the count, but a small donation will be appreciated to help cover the expense of copying, mailing, food, and a donation to the church for use of the meeting room.
Riverton – We’ll meet at the new McDonald’s on North Federal Street at 7:15 for breakfast and grouping and leave for our city routes at 8:00, meet again at 11:30 for lunch and then head out for the rural areas. Everyone welcome! Bring warm clothing and binoculars, cameras are encouraged. For further information call 307-856-6690. (Submitted by Wayne & Wanda
DECEMBER 28, 2014 CBC’s
Pinedale – If you are in the area feel free to join us, we can always use more birders! I like to have routes given out prior to the day thus give me a call at 307-367-7018 for more details. We have a chili pot luck dinner at the Pinedale library starting at 5:30 PM that day. Dress warm! Elizabeth Boehm
Sundance – 7:30a.m., leave for count routes 8am. Meet West end Conoco Rapid Stop. All welcome. More information contact Jen or Jean Adams – firstname.lastname@example.org, or 290-0457, 283-3279, or 283-2467.
JANUARY 1, 2015 CBC’s
Bates Hole – This count is a mostly rural count, which provides a different suite of birds than you would with a town for the base of the circle. Also, the wind rarely blows in the middle of Bates Hole, so we frequently are birding in dead calm while Casper has it’s normal wind and blowing snow. So for a break from the wind, start the New Year off right with lots of neat birds. Some of us will start with owling along the creeks and river. Meet at Charlie Scott’s at 7:30 AM. For more details, call Charlie Scott at 473-2512 or Stacey Scott at 262-0055.
JANUARY 3, 2015 CBC’s
Teton Valley ID/WY (west side of the Teton Range) – The day (Jan. 2, 2015) before I will be giving a winter bird ID refresher at the Teton Regional Land Trust Office in Driggs, ID at 2pm.
We will meet after 5pm on January 3 at the Land Trust Office for a potluck and compilation.