Rogue Valley
Audubon Society
Photo by
Tom Ulrich
"Birds ... are sensitive indicators of the environment, a sort of 'ecological litmus
paper' ... The observation of birds leads inevitably to environmental awareness."
-  Roger Tory Peterson
Christmas Bird Count (aka CBC)

The 113th Christmas Bird Count:
Citizen Science in Action 2012!
This important event gives everybody an opportunity to be part of
the biggest citizen science effort in the New World. From December
14 through January 5 tens of thousands of volunteers throughout
the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family
tradition among generations. Audubon and other organizations use
data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the
health of bird populations and to help guide conservation action.

Audubon has announced two major changes to the 2012 Christmas
Bird Count (CBC) this year. First, the CBC is now a free program.
Audubon will no longer charge the $5.00 fee of field participants.
Second, to minimize the effects of the loss of fee income, American
Birds will no longer be printed on paper and mailed to participants,
and Audubon will move to an online delivery of the summary results
of the CBC.

Saturday, December 15.
The area for the Medford Christmas Bird Count is a circle 15 miles
in diameter, centered a mile or so west of the junction of Hwy 140
and Hwy 62 in White City. The circle has been carved up into 15
sections. Each section is entrusted to an experienced leader who
makes the decisions as to times and
routes. Some leaders welcome newcomers to their teams. Others
may prefer to team up with experienced, hardy birders who can
cope with difficult terrain and a fast pace. Hard core birders go from
dawn to dark in all weather which is sometimes wet, foggy, and cold.

If you are interested in participating contact Bob Hunter at: or 541-8265569.

December 27.
The co-leaders for this count are Harry Fuller, who will organize
birding teams for the ten areas of the count circle, and John
Bullock, who will be the compiler for the count. If you would like to
participate, contact Harry by phone at 541 488-8077, or by email at
John can be reached at 541 488-7962 or

A gala holiday compilation dinner will be held after the Ashland
count at 6pm , location to be announced.

All results can be found on the National Audubon CBC
webpages. Our local code is ORME or ORAS.



(KBO article)

Official Ashland Count 2009

This important event gives everybody an opportunity to be part of
the biggest citizen science effort in the New World.


Organnizers:  Harry Fuller and John Bullock

John Bullock and Harry Fuller, RVAS members, are organizing the
first official Ashland CBC in seventy years.   In a preliminary informal
count of the area last year two dozen counters found over 105
species.  Far more than the small team of four counters had found
back before World War II.  The count circle is centered at the
cement spillway on the northwest corner of Emigrant Lake.  So it
includes both Mount Ashland's northeastern slopes, the western
slope of the Cascades as far east as Little Hyatt Lake but also all of
Ashland town, Billings Ranch and the upper Bear Creek Valley.  
Bullock's email: Fuller's email: The court circle includes variety of
habitats.  There are the cultivated city parks and gardens in
Ashland, which include North Mountain Park on Bear Creek and
Lithia Park on Ashland Creek.  Acorn Woodpeckers live in the
center of town.  Dippers nest and reside along Ashland Creek.  
Western Screech-Owls are regular on the perimeter of Lithia Park.  
Wood Ducks winter on its ponds.    On the north edge of Ashland
are Ashland Pond and Billings Ranch Pond.  Both are good for
dabbling ducks, wintering sparrows and Wrentits.  Last winter
Ashland Pond had two over-wintering White-throated Sparrows.  
Emigrant Lake is a reservoir covering up to 806 acres, at 2240’
elevation.  It often has wintering ducks and grebes.  Osprey migrate
out in the fall but Bald Eagles remain all year.  Peregrine and Merlin
are possible here.    The western side of the count circle includes
steep Siskiyou Mountain woodlands.  Here woodpeckers, wintering
thrush, finch species, nuthatches and chickadees are likely.  The
eastern section of the count circle covers an expanse of farmland,
grassland, oak savannah and riparian corridors.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
PO Box 8597
Medford, OR 97501
Something to ponder: "The last word of ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What good is
it?' If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If
the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like, but do not understand, then who but a fool
would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent
Aldo Leopold, The Sand County Almanac