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Christmas Bird Counts Overview 2011

Christmas Bird CountThe Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is citizen-science at its best.  You can help with this effort, whether you have ever gone bird watching or not.  You will have the opportunity to meet new people with interests in birds, or spend time with friends from previous years.  Observant eyes are needed for that day: the more the better.  You can point out where you see birds and experts in your group can do the identifying; if you do know some of the birds in your area, so much the better.  This is your chance to help collect the information which will direct decisions in the future, decisions which will affect how much natural beauty, including birds, remains for future generations.

Bring your binoculars if you have some, boots, warm clothes and a lunch, and join us for a day outside, looking closely at some of Nature's most interesting creatures, sharing the day with people who have similar interests.

If you happen to live within the Count circle you can count birds at your feeder that day.

For the Leadbetter Point CBC, on the east side of the Long Beach peninsula, for example, that includes the area north of about 195th Street, as well as the communities of Oysterville and Nahcotta, among others; on the west side of the peninsula, the towns of Klipsan Beach, Ocean Park, and others; the CBC circle also includes the Nemah and Palix River areas along the bay.

For the Wahkiakum CBC, the area includes portions of the Skamokawa, Puget Island, Cathlamet, and Brownsmead areas.

For the Cowlitz-Coweeman-Columbia CBC, the area includes portions of Kelso-Longview and the surrounding area.  Contact the Count leader for more exact boundary descriptions, and to advise them that you wish to take part.

CBC Where and When?

Leadbetter Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 17th, 2011
To be placed in a group for the day, or to volunteer to count at your feeder, contact Larry Brandt, 360-200-4580 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the field you have chances to socialize with your fellow counters, and when the counting is through, all counters (feeder watchers included) are invited to the Count-In Supper, a no-host dinner and compilation of everyone's results.   This joyous event begins at 5 p.m. at the Hunters' Inn, Highway 4 at the east end of Naselle, on the evening of the Count.

Wahkiakum Christmas Bird Count

Friday, December 30th 2011
For more information and/or to sign up contact Andrew Emlen (360-795-8009) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cowlitz -Columbia Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A THRILLING START TO 2012
It is time to start planning for the Cowlitz -Columbia Christmas Bird Count. This will be our 28th official year and we hope it will be good weather. Our count will be a part of the 2011 International Christmas Bird Count. We will be out for an 8 hour period covering an area 15 mile diameter area looking for any birds that will let us see them. We hope to have very cooperative birds this year.
Please plan to join us this year. It is a great way to start out the New Year.

To sign up, contact Bob Reistroffer at 360-636-5125 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I’ll form teams in mid-December unless you form your own team and sign-up as a team. I will get information to all participants when I have teams figured out. I will need good contact info.

We will plan to have a compilation potluck at my house 146 Scenic View Dr., Longview at approx 5:00 or earlier if that is how it works out for you. I will get a map and driving directions to all participants.

If anyone is interested in taking over the job of Compiler I will gladly show you how and give you all my records. It is not complicated. Please let me know.

HOPE TO SEE YOU  1-1-12 !