Christmas Bird Count 2021-2022

What is the Christmas Bird Count?

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a census of birds in the Western Hemisphere, performed annually in the early Northern-hemisphere winter by volunteer birdwatchers and administered by the National Audubon Society. The purpose is to provide population data for use in science, especially conservation biology, though many people participate for recreation. The CBC is the longest-running citizen science survey in the world. More information.

CBC Dates

Tuesday, December 14

  • Summer Lake–Contact Marty St. Louis (stlouismartin541 AT gmail.com or 541-219-0879)

Wednesday, December 15

  • Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge–Contact Joel Geier (clearwater AT peak.org or 541-745-5821)
    • This count covers Hart Mountain and the nearby Warner Valley Wetlands near Plush. This is your count if you like to hike remote canyons and windswept sagebrush in winter conditions, searching for Greater Sage-Grouse, Northern Shrikes, and Rough-legged Hawks. Free lodging is available for volunteers at the refuge’s very comfortable fire-crew bunkhouse, which has an excellent kitchen in the common area. Each room has beds for two volunteers. This year we’ll ask that roommates be members of the same household or “social pod” due to the Covid situation. Refuge rules require all volunteers to be vaccinated. Most volunteers arrive the afternoon/evening before the count, and we work out teams that night. The countdown will be back at the bunkhouse in the evening. Sometimes we venture down to the Hot Springs Campground after dark to try for owls.

Friday, December 17

  • Antelope–Contact Pete Weigel (peteweigel62 AT gmail.com)
  • Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge (NV)–Contact Joel Geier (clearwater AT peak.org or 541-745-5821)
    • This count covers Hart Mountain’s “sister” refuge just across the state line into Nevada. It’s at lower elevation so conditions are usually milder than up on Hart Mountain, with Loggerhead Shrikes more common than Northerns (which are a “good bird” for Nevada). A series of ponds fed by hot springs in the Virgin Valley host wetland birds that are otherwise scarce in the northern Great Basin in winter. This count also offers free lodging for volunteers at the refuge’s bunkhouse, which is a little smaller than the one at Hart Mountain but just as nice. This year we’ll ask that roommates be members of the same household or “social pod” due to the Covid situation. Refuge rules require all volunteers to be vaccinated. Most volunteers arrive the afternoon/evening before the count, and we work out teams that night. The countdown will be back at the bunkhouse in the evening. We usually do a pot-luck dinner both nights, which in past years has resulted in all volunteers leaving with a slight weight gain despite all of the hiking.

Saturday, December 18

  • Bend–Contact Tom Crabtree (tc AT empnet.com)
  • Florence–Contact Ellen Cantor (ellencantor AT gmail.com)
    • The Florence CBC has had a long history as a significant count area. The count circle includes both inland and coastal areas, covering very diverse habitats which attract and support correspondingly wide ranging species of birds. Since the individual areas are covered by teams, participants with a range of birding experience can all be valuable contributors.
  • Klamath Falls–Contact Kevin Spencer (rriparia AT charter.net or 541-880-8015)
  • Salem–Contact Tim Johnson (tim AT salemaudubon.org)
  • Tillamook–Contact Kathy Krall (krallfamily AT comcast.net)
  • Utopia–Contact Pete Weigel (peteweigel62 AT gmail.com)
  • Wallowa County–Contact Mike Hansen (mhansen9784 AT gmail.com or 541-398-8225)

Sunday, December 19

  • Brownsville–Contact Barbara Combs (bcombs232 AT gmail.com)
  • Forest Grove–Contact Stefan Schlick (greenfant AT hotmail.com)
  • Gresham
  • Lincoln City–Contact Dawn Villaescusa (dawnv AT birdlover.com)
  • Lyle (WA)–Contact John Bishop (bishopjg AT icloud.com or at 360-546-9612)
    • We typically have over 100 different species. Sometimes we have the most Lewis’s Woodpeckers anywhere in the universe, and we are regularly the only count in Washington with Acorn Woodpeckers. Our 15 mile diameter count circle straddles the Columbia River between Mosier and The Dalles.  We organize about 10 sectors prior to the count, and each sector operates independently on count day.
  • Port Orford–Contact Tim Rodenkirk (timrodenkirk AT gmail.com)
  • Sisters–Contact Teresa Wicks (twicks AT audobonportland.org)

Tuesday, December 21

  • Corvallis–Contact Bev Clark (clark.bev9 AT gmail.com or 541-231-7201)

Wednesday, December 22

  • Madras–Contact Annette Lange Hildebrand (Lange69Annette AT gmail.com or 503-750-2567)

Sunday, December 26

  • Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge–Contact Karen Wager (wager.karen AT gmail.com)

Monday, December 27

  • Dallas–Contact Caleb Centanni (caleb AT centanni.com)
    • The Dallas circle encompasses a wide variety of habitats and birding opportunities, so whether you’d like to bird the species-rich marshes and fields of Baskett Slough and surroundings, search for raptors and sparrows on the prairies, walk the towns for finches and warblers, or hike or bike the high and underbirded Coast Range, there is a spot for you. There are available routes for hiking, walking, mountain biking, car birding, and combinations, even potentially kayaking! All skill levels are welcome.

Tuesday, December 28

  • Oakridge–Contact Joel Geier (clearwater AT peak.org or 541-745-5821)
    • This count is centered on the town of Oakridge in the Cascades of Lane County. Most of the count circle is on National Forest land so there are plenty of opportunities for hiking (or snowshoeing and skiing, depending on snow conditions). Three species of Strix owls are known to nest in the circle. We usually find two species of forest grouse, and last year we found two crossbill species. Plans for morning and evening meeting are still in flux depending on the Covid situation.
  • Yamhill Valley–Contact Paul Sullivan (paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com or 971-237-4864)
    • The count circle spans from Sheridan to McMinnville, including Amity, farmland and the foothills of the Coast Range.  There are options to suit different birders interests.  I’m soliciting participants to contact me.  I will assign teams and sectors, and prepare materials to be picked up at my house between 8-9 AM on count day.  Teams will return forms to me at the end of the day.

Wednesday, December 29

  • Tygh Valley–Contact Joe Blowers (josephblowers AT ymail.com)
  • Yaquina Bay–Contact Hendrik Herlyn (hhactitis AT gmail.com) or Kai Frueh (Kaifrueh2 AT gmail.com)

Friday, December 31

  • Prineville–Contact Mark Gonzalez (towhee AT bendbroadband.com)
  • Silverton–Contact Roger Freeman (freemanbecard AT gmail.com)
    • This count circle reaches from Silver Falls Park to the small town of Mt. Angel, and includes Silverton, Cascade foothills and rolling farmlands. The habitat is forests, mixed woodlands, ponds, creeks, pastures and diverse farming.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

  • Coquille Valley (Bandon to Coquille)–Contact Harv Schubothe (Ninerharv2 AT msn.com)
    • The count runs from Bandon to Coquille. Often the highest species count of Oregon CBCs. COVID restrictions, if any, will be observed.
  • Cottage Grove–Contact Grace Fowler-Gore (GraceLovesBirds1 AT gmail.com or 817-975-4936. Please provide a contact telephone or email address.)
    • Because of Covid19, only experienced bird enthusiasts are invited to take part in this year’s Cottage Grove CBC. Social distancing and/or masking are required at all times in the field and carpooling may only occur within existing family or social “pod” groups.  Participants will receive and return data by email and Zoom. The end of day “countdown” will take place 6:00 pm via Zoom.

Sunday, January 2, 2022

  • Albany-Airlie–Contact Paul Adamus (adamus7 AT comcast.net)
    • The count circle includes Ankeny NWR, McDonald-Dunn State Forest, Coffin Butte landfill, E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area, Luckiamute State Natural Area, Corvallis north of Crescent Valley High School, most of Albany, southern outskirts of Monmouth-Independence, and more.
  • Eugene–Contact Dick Lamster (maeveanddick AT q.com or 541-343-8664)
    • This is the 80th Eugene Christmas Bird Count.  We will have 27 teams each led by an experienced birder looking for birds in a very specific Area within the circle.  You must be on a Team to participate or you can be a Home Counter.  We usually have over 100 Home Counters so if you are interested in being a Home Counter contact Marcia Maffei (birds2count AT gmail.com or 541-501-1280).  Due to COVID restrictions, we will not have our traditional Chili Feed Countdown but we will have a ZOOM Countdown in the early evening on Count Day.
  •  Portland
  • Sauvie Island–Contact Susan Setterberg (smsetterberg AT yahoo.com) and Karen Bachman (pppahooie AT comcast.net)

Monday, January 3

  • Tule Lake (CA)–Contact Kevin Spencer (rriparia AT charter.net or 541-880-8015)

Wednesday, January 5

  • Redmond–Contact Sherrie Pierce (sapierce AT bendbroadband.com) or Mike Golden (gardenbug99 AT bendbroadband.com)

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