1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1000, Portland, OR 97204
Saturday, January 4 2014, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count
Event Types > Community Events
Each Christmas Bird Count attempts to count all the birds in a 15-mile-diameter circle on one given day. In addition to the Portland Count, roughly 50 other Counts will be conducted in Oregon and SW Washington during the 3 weeks surrounding the holidays. A list of Counts in NW Oregon and SW Washington can be found below — and it will be updated regularly as Counts are added, so check often!
Want to participate as a field observer in the Portland Christmas Bird Count?
Look at the map of the Portland CBC circle on this page and pick an area you would like to help cover. (It need not be where you reside.) Contact the area leader, who will tell you where and what time to meet on January 4. The area leaders will put together teams to balance birding skills and cover as much of their area as possible. Most teams go out for the whole day, 7am–5pm, but you can usually make arrangements if you need to stop earlier. Can’t decide which area? Contact Wink Gross, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-226-3842.
Area 2 (Southeast Portland)
Feeder Watchers Needed, Too!
The other, and equally important, way to participate is as a Feeder Watcher. The feeder you watch must be within the 15-mile-diameter CBC circle (please check your location on the detailed Google map at tinyurl.com/26pmmpf) — but even if you can watch for only an hour, your observations will be helpful. Last year, the best bird found on the Portland CBC was an Ovenbird spotted by an alert Feeder Watcher in the Laurelhurst neighborhood.
Want to be a Feeder Watcher? Check your location first at tinyurl.com/26pmmpf to be sure the feeder you’ll watch is within the 15-mile-diameter circle, and download the Feeder Watcher checklist. Remember, only birds seen on January 4 “count”!