- Anyone from Anchorage interested in driving down to Seward for their
count? (road conditions permitting) Email me.
- The 109th Audubon Christmas Bird Count for Seward will be Saturday,
December 20 for Field Observers and Feeder Watchers. Field Observers
will meet at 9 am at the Seaview Plaza conference room at Mile 0 on
Third Avenue to coordinate and verify routes.
All participants are welcome to meet at Resurrect Art Coffee House and
Art Gallery at 320 Third Avenue shortly after 4 pm to tally up the
Note that Field Observers are required to pay a $5 fee that helps pay
for the nationwide tabulation costs and the American Birds CBC results
publication. Feeder Watchers and field birders under 18 are not
required to pay the fee. Count Week, in which only different species
are counted, not numbers, is scheduled for December 17-23.
If you haven't already, please email me at c_griz@... to let me
know you plan to participate either as a Feeder Watcher or Field
Observer, or for more information. I will need your email address to
send you the Seward CBC packet to use for the count.
In addition to the Seward Christmas Bird Count on December 20th, there
will be a special Seward Christmas Bird Count Week Birding Tour for
seniors sponsored by the Seward Senior Center. A heated van with a
driver and birder will take 7 lucky seniors birding around town on
Friday, December 19th from 12:30 to 2 pm. Binoculars will be
available, thanks to a generous donation by Tom Morris of Anchorage.
Seniors must sign up at the Seward Senior Center or call them at
224-5604 by December 18th to reserve a seat. Participants will not be
leaving the van to bird watch.
Sporadic Bird Report reporter
- The Seward Christmas Bird Count will be held Saturday, December 24 from 9 am to 4:00 pm.
Field Counters will meet at 9 am at the Seaview Plaza conference room at Mile 0 on Third Avenue to confirm their assigned area and team. Plan to be outdoors all day, whatever the weather. The required $5 fee helps pay for the nationwide tabulation costs and a copy, if requested, of the American Birds CBC results. Feeder Watchers and Field Counters under 18 are not required to pay the fee but donations are always greatly appreciated. Feeder Watchers do not need to attend this meeting.
Feeder Watchers should plan to watch their feeders for at least an hour during the day, keeping track of total species seen, and maximum number of each.
Keep track of owls (and any other confirmed birds of the night) heard anytime from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm on Count Day, December 24th. Anyone can email in an owl report. Sightings of Santa and his reindeer flying across the sky get bonus points.
Information on any birds with deformed beaks will also be collected. Reports on these birds are appreciated any time.
Count Day results will be tallied starting around 4:15 pm at Resurrect Art Coffee House Gallery, 320 3rd Avenue. Feeder Watchers are welcome to attend, otherwise results should be emailed ASAP.
Count Week is December 21-23, and 25-27. Species seen, or owls heard, on any of these days that were not included on Count Day will be added to the grand list. It is not necessary to count the number of a species seen during the Count Week days. You do not have to participate on Count Day, December 24th, to help during Count Week.
Please contact me at c_griz@... for more information and also to let me know if you plan to participate as a Field Counter, Feeder Watcher, or Count Week Counter. All participants will receive an emailed packet to refer to for your convenience.
Thank you for your help in this very important citizen science project!
Seward CBC Compiler and
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter