Date(s) - Sunday, December 15, 2019
This year the Rogue Valley Audubon Society’s Medford Christmas bird count will be on Sunday, December 15.
This important event gives everybody an opportunity to be part of the biggest citizen science effort in the New World. From mid-December through early January 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.
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. Hardcore birders go from dawn to dark in all weather, which is sometimes wet, foggy, and cold.
Those who live in the count circle and have bird feeders can do a feeder watch and add their sightings to the count. CBC feeder watch instructions and a tally sheet can be obtained by contacting Bob Hunter (contact information below). Birds not seen in the count circle on the count day can still be included in the count if seen during the count week, which is from December 12 through December 18th.
The teams will meet from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm to report how the day went and to tally the birds. The meeting will be at Jackson Creek Pizza, 317 E Main St, Medford. Everyone is welcome to come to the tally even if you did not participate. If you are interested in participating contact Bob Hunter at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-778-3310.
Medford CBC Coordinator Bob Hunter at email@example.com.