Join the 118th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Print Article

  • Photos by ROGER DOUCET California Quail

  • 1

    The annual Christmas Bird Count sponsored by the Audubon Society will take place on Dec. 28.

  • 2

    Snowy Owl

  • 3

    Evening Grosbeak

  • 4

    House Finch

  • 5

    Bohemian Waxwing

  • 6

  • Photos by ROGER DOUCET California Quail

  • 1

    The annual Christmas Bird Count sponsored by the Audubon Society will take place on Dec. 28.

  • 2

    Snowy Owl

  • 3

    Evening Grosbeak

  • 4

    House Finch

  • 5

    Bohemian Waxwing

  • 6

Boundary County is where we call home. It is that time of year to count another group that also calls it home. It is time to survey our feathered friends. No matter the weather, volunteers will start in the first light of the day to begin counting. From the chickadee at the feeder, the dipper in the creek, to the red-tailed hawk soaring up above. Our goal is to get a count of the birds that winter in the greater Bonners Ferry area.

This is the 118th annual Christmas Bird Count sponsored by the Audubon Society and gives the chance for local birders (bird watchers) to be part of a worldwide citizen science program. Each year, birders track every bird they can see or hear within a 7.5-mile radius of downtown Bonners Ferry, to help provide an early winter snapshot of bird populations.

With the efforts of the Boundary County group, new species have been added to the winter list along with a few that should have left but didnít. We always have hundreds of crows, ravens and Canada geese to count, along with the wild turkeys that eluded the fall hunt.

Count day for Boundary County has been set for Thursday, Dec. 28. Those interested will meet at The Badgerís Den Restaurant for a no-host breakfast at 6 a.m. (7 a.m. if not having breakfast). Guidelines will be discussed and those in attendance will break into groups for the count. Each group will be led by an experienced birder, so new or amateur birders are welcome to join the process. More eyes mean more birds can be counted.

This year, we would like those with bird feeders in their yards to take a larger part than in the past. If you live within the count area and have an active bird feeder in your yard, please contact us! You can either tally the birds that come to your feeder that day and provide us a count, or we can come count for you. Let us know. Bird feeders are an important part of the count, as a variety of species can feed in one place. You can always help by just putting out feed a few days beforehand and again that day. Fill those feeders!

A gathering will take place at the end of the day, at Chic Ďn Chop, to combine our counts and find out what the other groups have spotted. Did someone find a gull or maybe a snow goose? How many turkeys did we find this year?

There is no cost to participate. We just ask that you come prepared for the weather, dress appropriately, bring snacks and drinks, and bring binoculars and a bird identification book if you have them.

Pre-registration is encouraged as this helps coordinators determine the number of groups and leaders needed. For more information or to pre-register, email bfbirdcount@gmail.com or call/text Roger at 208-818-0139.

Thank you! We hope to see you at the count.

Print Article

Read More Outdoors

Wildlifeís adaptation to winter

January 18, 2018 at 6:00 am | Bonners Ferry Herald Itís cold outside! When it gets cold what do you do? I put on a warm sweater, stay inside and have a hot cup of coffee! Animals canít put on a sweater, so what do they do in winter? Winter is cold a...

Comments

Read More

Mountain Chickadee: The Masked Bandit of the bird feeder!

January 11, 2018 at 6:00 am | Bonners Ferry Herald As I was watching our bird feeder on the west side of the house I noticed an unusual increase in activity at the feeder. I thought it was a chickadee, but on closer inspection I observed it had a mas...

Comments

Read More

Feeding birds makes a difference in winter

January 04, 2018 at 6:00 am | Bonners Ferry Herald Mammals have begun to hunker down in warm dens. Many birds have left the area to spend the season basking in the southern climates of Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Some b...

Comments

Read More

Weathering the Winter Wonderland!

December 28, 2017 at 6:00 am | Bonners Ferry Herald Now that Christmas is over and winter has set in, many may want to spend the rest of the season inside their house in front of a warm fire. Curling up in a warm den, as much of our local wildlife do,...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 267-5521
Po Box 539
Bonners Ferry, Id 83805

©2018 Bonners Ferry Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X