December 26, 7pm
Each year, the National Audubon Society sponsors a nation-wide Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on the day after Christmas. Audubon’s local chapter, Prairie & Timbers Audubon Society, organizes the McKinney count, collects the data, and sends it to the National organization. McKinney count participants will meet at 7am, December 26th, at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. Every state is divided into areas and every area is divided into sections. The same sections are counted every year and thus trends in population increases or decreases can be determined!
The event is not only a great excuse for birders to go birding, but an opportunity for less-experienced or perhaps even new birders to get out in the field with long-time birders and hone their bird watching skills. The count lasts all day, usually from dawn ‘till dusk with a lunch break at noon. If you are not able to join us this year, please put it on your calendar for next year.
As in other years, the total number of species found at The Heard is only what was observed the day of the count. Other species that are frequently on the sanctuary at this time of year include cowbirds, red-winged blackbirds, meadowlarks, common grackles, grasshopper and LeConte’s sparrow, lark, tree, and swamp sparrows, eastern towhee, loggerhead shrike, Bewick’s, house, and sedge wrens, pied-billed grebe, white pelican, hooded merganser, Forester’s tern, wigeon, shoveler, ring-neck duck, coots, yellowlegs, harriers, Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawks, Swainson’s hawk, kestrel, barred and screech owls, roadrunner, and red-headed woodpecker.
The McKinney area is divided up into 9 zones including the Heard Sanctuary. If you would like to lead one of these zones, please contact Roger Sanderson. If you’re not familiar with the zones or are new to the count, just e-mail or call in the number in your party and you will be assigned a zone. Maps of the count areas and a listing of birds observed on previous counts will be available.
Remember: don’t worry if you’re not an expert birder, this is a FUN activity where you can learn identification skills!
There is a $5 registration fee to National Audubon. A meal will be provided.
If you would like to volunteer feeder watch information, please contact Roger, or just e-mail me the results. Your feeder must be within the count area (7.5 miles from the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069).
For More Information Contact:
972-562-5566 ext. 273