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Christmas Bird Count
December 19, 2022
Central Houston CBC, December 19th, 2022
Hello birders of all levels, CBC season is upon us and the Central Houston count circle needs your help!
For those of you who haven’t joined us before: The CBC is one of the longest-running community science projects in North America. Birders all over the US and Canada join forces between December 14th and January 5th to count birds in predefined areas known as count circles. The compiler of each circle organizes teams of volunteers to come together on one day during the count period and cover the entire circle, which is 15 miles in diameter. With your team you visit all kind of habitat and birding spots, counting every individual bird you see. It might sound hard at first but once you get started it’s quite addictive!
At the end of the day we come together, often at a local restaurant, to tally the birds for the whole circle, share stories from the field, and see what unique species were found during the day. All levels of birder are welcome to join, and all you need to bring is a pair of binoculars, weather-appropriate clothes, and a lunch.
Check out the map below for all of the areas the count circle covers. We especially need help in these areas:
Area 6, specifically Downtown parks and along Buffalo Bayou west to the McGovern Cascade – this is a great route to bird by bike! List of target parks provided, ability to make your own route.
Area 3, South of 610 between 288 and I-45 – covers some really great parks around Sims Bayou! Google map with full list of target parks provided. Almost all flat walking in parks. Several larger parks mixed with a driving route with stops at smaller parks, good for families or groups with some less experienced birders.
Area 5, North of Downtown between I-10 and Crosstimbers – a car-heavy route with lots of stops, good for a solo experienced birder or small team of more adventurous birders. Google map with target sites and driving directions provided.
If you want to sign up for ANY AREA or want to know more, please email me.
VMS: Audubon – Data Collection.