What birds will you see this year? COVID precautions will still take precedence, but being out birding in winter collecting data as part of National Audubon’s “citizen science” program, can’t be beat.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 2020: IT’S GOING TO BE A GOOD YEAR
By Nancy Howell
Yes, the Christmas Bird Count in 2020 is ON! This year has been a trying one; whether it be working from home, curtailed plans for travel, or distancing from family and friends. A little bit of normalcy is needed. How about joining the 121st Christmas Bird Count (Lakewood Circle) being held on Sunday, December 27 sponsored by Western Cuyahoga Audubon? COVID precautions, as noted below, will still take precedence, but being out birding in winter collecting data as part of National Audubon’s “citizen science” program, can’t be beat.
This year’s count will be a little different with fun and exciting Count events being held virtually! Here is what is scheduled:
RESOURCES YOU WILL NEED
Not familiar with the Christmas Bird Count? Explore our Audubon Christmas Bird Count Lakewood Circle reports at our Scribd library to learn more. On count day, Sunday, December 27, small groups or individuals go out part or all of the day to cover our Circle area called the Lakewood Circle. The area covers much of the western lakefront, into Lorain Co. (Avon Lake, Avon and North Ridgeville), south to the northern border of Strongsville (Ohio Turnpike is a good boundary reference) and east to Brooklyn and some of Parma Hts. The Christmas Bird Count-Lakewood Circle Map 2020 shows locations that are covered as well as those that need coverage.
This year might just be the year to get out and walk to a nearby park, green space, cemetery or even your neighborhood as long as it is the Count Circle. Don’t want to walk? Driving routes, stopping and counting species at various points, may be done OR keep track of species coming to your feeder! Novice birder or expert, families and friends, individuals or groups of fewer than 10, everyone’s participation is appreciated. Areas that are covered or need coverage are listed here.
PRACTICE GOOD SOCIAL DISTANCING HABITS
We want all participants to be safe and practice all of the COVID-19 precautions (wearing masks, groups of fewer than 10 people, remain at least 6 feet apart, wash and sanitize hands frequently.) See, WCAS COVID-19 Recommendations for Chapter Members, Volunteers and Community
Here are some things to consider:
Participation has been fantastic in the past, but we can always use additional participants. Every bird sighting is important and we need you and the results of your efforts. Please sign up to assist and call on friends and family. Grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and make a morning or day of it. Please contribute a little bit of time to a great event. As mentioned earlier, we’ll gather virtually on Monday, January 11, 2021 to tally our results and review sightings.
Please contact Nancy Howell, Lakewood Circle compiler, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count at email@example.com or call 440-891-1710 through December 23. In the meantime, take care because we want to see you out on the trails and birding in the future.
Thank you - the birds appreciate it!
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