The Christmas Bird Count is an annual nationwide volunteer-based bird survey effort coordinated by the Audubon Society to promote bird conservation and assess long-term trends in winter bird populations. In the largest citizen science effort in the world, tens of thousands of volunteer birders and scientists armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists will take part in Christmas bird counts throughout the Americas from mid-December through early January. 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 actions.
The Ohlone Audubon Society has been completing the Hayward-Fremont CBC since 1967. The count area is very rich in avian diversity from the salt marsh habitats of the Hayward hills, Fremont's wetlands to the south, and all the parks and canyons in between.
In 2009, Rich Cimino and Jeff Miller organized the first ever Eastern Alameda County CBC. The count area is in the vicinity of Sunol, Pleasanton and Livermore, and includes five East Bay Regional Parks, significant San Francisco watershed lands, and birding hotspots such as lower Mines Road, Sunol Wilderness, Del Valle Reservoir, and the Springtown area in Livermore. You can view a summary of 2009-2014 bird count data for eastern Alameda County by clicking on the link. More than 2 million individual birds counted in 6 years, of 177 different species.
Each count day culminates with a festive dinner where final counts are tallied and stories exchanged about rare bird sightings and locations. Local CBC data, sent to the National Audubon Society, are a crucial part of this country's natural history monitoring database provide valuable insight into the past and present status and health of continental bird populations and the general health of our environment. Recent and historical CBC results are available on the National Audubon Society's website.
You can now access the count at: http://netapp.audubon.org/CBCObservation/CurrentYear/resultsByCount.aspx. Just click on the country and state and add our codes: cahf or caea.
Sign up for Audubon's Citizen Science Newsletter to Receive CBC Results
As you may know, Audubon is moving to digital delivery of the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) results rather than printing and mailing American Birds, the CBC summary, to participants. In its place, Audubon will be producing a quarterly citizen science eNewsletter which will contain the results of all our Citizen Science programs, including the articles and summaries that previously were distributed in the printed CBC summary editions of American Birds.
If you would like to receive this citizen science eNewsletter, you must sign up online at www.audubon.org/citizenscience by entering your email address just to the right of "Want to keep up with Citizen Science?" If you have already signed up to receive the new Citizen Science eNewsletter, many thanks--you will receive the first issue of American Birds online next week.
Joining Audubon's online citizen science network ensures you will receive updates on the latest research results, reports from Audubon scientists, and quarterly notification about count summaries posted online. In addition, you will learn about other citizen science programs and opportunities that may interest you. Please take a moment to sign up now and also to share this information with others who may find it of interest.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2017
Join us for the 118th National Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Please come out again this year and participate in this worthwhile Citizen Science. Last year we placed 27th in the nation with an incredible 175 species and 81 participants. We took the nationwide high for at least 3 species: Least Sandpiper, Black-Bellied Plover, and Willet. Our count area is a 15-mile diameter circle centered at Hwy. 880 and Whipple. Many good birds were found last year, including two Greater White-fronted Geese at Lake Elizabeth, two Ferruginous Hawks in the Niles Canyon area, and an immature Broad-winged Hawk on the Hayward Shoreline. Shorebirds? What would our count be without the incredible numbers of shorebirds along our shoreline? San Francisco Bay is one of the richest wintering grounds for shorebirds along the Pacific Coast. Come help us set the nation‘s record again for Dunlin or Black-bellied Plovers or Willets or Marbled Godwits or peeps!
We need your help to be successful once more. Remember, this is Citizen Science of the highest degree. Our leaders and participants really came through last year, and we hope for a repeat performance. Everyone‘s help is invaluable and is greatly appreciated. Remember, there's no longer a participant fee and the post-count dinner is free and delicious! It must be stressed that our success in securing the important, basic scientific accuracy of the count hinges on coverage and consistency (participants - you!). The count benefits from the participation of each person who carries out the necessary jobs from recording data, returning borrowed keys, helping with the dinner or just being out there! All are welcome and very much needed.To sign up, contact the compilers by emailing the Phil and Pat Gordon at pagpeg AT aol.com
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017
Join the Alameda Creek Alliance and Ohlone Audubon Society for the 9th annual Eastern Alameda County CBC (EAC-CBC). Many of you have been on board since the beginning. CBC is a great citizen science volunteer initiative. The EAC-CBC has contributed to bird population data during the drought and the Sierra Nevada forest fire species in flux, and has been a contributor documenting the wintering raptor populations of eastern Alameda County. The CBC has a social component: you’ll meet new birders and have a chance to meet your friends during the dinner to catch up. Jeff Miller always makes the dinner species count review exciting and sometimes humorous, so consider joining us.
A total of 29 sections will be counted this year, so we'll need 90 counters and 29 section leaders. The post -count dinner will be held again at the Pleasanton Callippe Golf course on Happy Valley Road in Pleasanton. Directions to dinner will be sent to those who confirm participation. Please consider joining this CBC for 2017. For assignment Contact Rich Cimino - Eastern Alameda County Compiler Yellowbilledtours AT gmail.com