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Christmas Bird Count (CBC) Overview

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is citizen-science at its best.  You can help with this effort, whether you have ever gone birdwatching or not.  You will have the opportunity to meet new prople 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 future, decisions which will affect how much natural beauty, including birds,  remains for future generations.

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.

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.

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.

LEADBETTER CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

Sponsored by Willapa Hills and Discovery Coast Audubon chapters

Saturday, December 18th, 2010   Dawn to Dusk

To be placed in a group for the day, or to volunteer to count at your feeder, call:

Alan Richards,  360-484-7119.  or, send e-mail to:

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Willapa Hills Audubon Society chapter generously supports two additional Christmas Bird Counts, run in approximately the same way:

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.

Wahkiakum CBC on Thursday December 30, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (360-795-8009);

Cowlitz-Columbia CBC on Saturday January 1, contact Bob Reistroffer  (360-636-5125).