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Click here for Results of Christmas Bird Counts December 2021

 
ANNOUNCING THE CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS IN OUR REGION

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count will mobilize nearly 80,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,600 locations across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count utilizes the power of volunteers to track the health of bird populations at a scale that scientists could never accomplish alone.

The censuses provide valuable data about the number of bird species and numbers of each species occurring within set geographic areas on an early winter day. The results are compiled into the longest running database in ornithology, representing 121 years of unbroken data on trends of early-winter bird populations across the Americas.

When combined with other surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey, Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count provides a picture of how the continent’s bird populations have changed in time and space over the past hundred years. The long-term perspective is vital for conservationists. It informs strategies to protect birds and their habitat, and helps
identify environmental issues with implications for people as well. For example, earlier this year, Science published a study using decades of Audubon Christmas Bird Count data to describe a grim picture: a steady decline of nearly three billion North American birds since 1970, primarily as a result of human activities. Christmas Bird Count data have been used in more than 300 peer-reviewed articles.

Birders of all ages are welcome to contribute to this fun, nationwide community science project, which provides ornithologists with a crucial snapshot of our native bird populations during the winter months. Each individual count is performed in a count circle with a diameter of 15 miles. The volunteers break up into small parties and follow assigned
routes, which change little from year to year and they count every bird they see. In most count circles, some people also watch feeders instead of following routes.

Audubon’s 122nd Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC)  This list is created by Prairie Hills Audubon Society of Western SD. December 14th, 2021-January 5th, 2022 Christmas Bird Counts
 
All official counts will be held between the dates Tuesday, December 14th, 2021
through, Wednesday, January 5th, 2021.
This year, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count will mobilize nearly 80,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,600 locations across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count utilizes the power of volunteers to track the health of bird populations at a scale that scientists could never accomplish alone.
 
The censuses provide valuable data about the number of bird species and numbers of each species occurring within set geographic areas on an early winter day. The results are compiled into the longest running database in ornithology, representing 122 years of unbroken data on trends of early-winter bird populations across the Americas. 
 
When combined with other surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey, Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count provides a picture of how the continent’s bird populations have changed in time and space over the past hundred years. The long-term perspective is vital for conservationists. It informs strategies to protect birds and their habitat, and helps identify environmental issues with implications for people as well. Christmas Bird Count data have been used in more than 300 peer-reviewed articles.
 
Again, this year’s 122nd Christmas Bird Count will be “CBC Live,” a crowd-sourced, hemisphere-wide storytelling function using Esri mapping software. This “story-map” will ask users to upload a photo taken during their Christmas Bird Count as well as a short anecdote to paint a global picture of the Christmas Bird Count in real time.
 
Birders of all ages are welcome to contribute to this fun, nationwide community science project, which provides ornithologists with a crucial snapshot of our native bird populations during the winter months. Each individual count is performed in a count circle with a diameter of 15 miles. At least ten volunteers, including a compiler to coordinate the process, normally count in each circle. The volunteers break up into small parties and follow assigned routes, which change little from year to year, counting every bird they see. In most count circles, some people also watch feeders instead of following routes. 
 
Interested birders must arrange with the count compiler in advance to participate.
 
What to bring?
Participants should bring lunch, drinking water, warm clothing and footwear. Binoculars, field guides and spotting scopes are suggested, for those who have them.
 The five-dollar fee has been dropped to encourage more participation and the annual published report, (American Birds) previously available in paper has been made digital – see link:

 You can view the results for each Christmas Bird Count, once posted via this web page

Links to CBC web pages:
 
To find a count near you on an interactive map:
 
Other links:
 
SOUTH DAKOTA
 
NEBRASKA:
 
NORTH DAKOTA (This an old 2019 list:)
 
MINNESOTA:
 
IOWA
 
WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA’s CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS
 
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT,
12/12/21 – CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW + WIND, 
. Contact: Angela Jarding,  angela_jarding@nps.gov , (605)-745-1157,
 
STURGIS, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT,
12/18/2021, no pre or post meetings
 . Contact: Vic Fondy – (605) 269-2553, rotciv31@gmail.com
 
PIERRE/FT. PIERRE, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, 
12/18/2021, Bad weather alternate: 12/20/2021
 
RAPID CITY, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT,
12/19/2021
Contact: Michael Melius, mmmelius@hotmail.com, 605-255-4766
 
SHADEHILL, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT,
12/20/2021,
Bad weather alternate: 1/3/2022
Contact: Greg Schonert, gregory.schonert@usda.gov
Greg’s Phone: 701-989-7309 (office) 701-202-0833 (cell), Forest Service (Grand River District) 605-374-3592
 
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT,
12/28/2021
Contact: Nancy Drilling, dril0008@gmail.com, drillingn@yahoo.com, 605-791-0459.
 
PINE RIDGE RESERVATION, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT,
12/29/2021
Contact: Peter Hill, petermhill@yahoo.com, 605-441-9346.
 
SPEARFISH, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT,
1/2/2022,  
Meet at McDonalds at 7:30 a.m. MT
Contact: Daniel Bjerke, 605-381-0493, dlbjerke@midco.net
 
HARDING COUNTY, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
1/2/2022, 
Meet in the Tatanka Plaza parking lot in Buffalo at 8am
Contact: Jessica Howell, 605-375-3218, jhowell@abcbirds.org 
 
PIEDMONT, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT,
It is not happening this season- 2021-22
Contact: Gene Hess: gene@neopaleo.net
 
HOT SPRINGS, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT,
It is not happening this season – 2021-22
Contact: Duane or Marie Weber – (605) 673-2032, mmcurtin@gwtc.net
 
BISON, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
It is not happening this season – 2021-22
 
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EASTERN SOUTH DAKOTA’s CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS
 
Waubay N.W.R. Christmas Bird Count,
12/16/2021
Contact: Nicole Heller – 605-947-4521, nicole_heller@fws.gov
 
Madison Christmas Bird Count, 
12/16/2021 
Contact: Jeffrey S. Palmer,  jeff.palmer@dsu.edu, (605) 256-5190
 
Aberdeen Christmas Bird Count, 
12/18/2021
Contact: Gary T Olson – olsonfam@nvc.net, 605-885-6284
 
Brookings Christmas Bird Count, 
12/18/2021
Contact:  Mary Pearson, margypearson1@gmail.com,  (605-651-1652)
 
Sioux Falls Christmas Bird Count,  
12/18/2021
Contact: Chris Anderson, canderson1@sio.midco.net, 605-254-2550
 
Sand Lake N.W.R. Christmas Bird Count,
12/23/2021 (Change from 18th)
Contact: Lindsey Wickre, lindsey_wickre@fws.gov, 605-228-8421,
 
Huron Christmas Bird Count,
12/18/21
Contact: Ryan Thompson, ryemel4@santel.net
 
Yankton Christmas Bird Count,
12/19/2021
Contact: Roger Dietrich – rogerd@iw.net, 1947rogerd@gmail.com, (605) 660-6247,
 
Mitchell Christmas Bird Count, – 
12/26/2021
Contact: Jeff Hansen, jeff.hansen.sd@gmail.com, 785-806-6917
 
Canton Christmas Bird Count, 
 1/2/2021
Contact: Chris Anderson, canderson1@sio.midco.net, 605-254-2550
 
Lake Andes Christmas Bird Count,
It is not happening this season: 2021-22
Contact: Mick Hanan, mick_hanan@fws.gov, (605) 487-7603 Ext. 107,
 
 
SOME OF NEBRASKA CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS
 
Scottsbluff, NE, Christmas Bird Count, 
12/14/2021
Contact: Kathy DeLara, renosmom@charter.net,
 
Ponca State Park, NE, Christmas Bird Count,
12/14/2021
Contact: Bill Huser, BillFHuser@gmail.com, bhuser@suebeehoney.com or 712-574-3107
 
North Platte, NE, Christmas Bird Count, 
12/17/2021, 
Contact: Thomas Walker, thomas.walker@nebraska.gov, 308,-530-7659
 
Fort Niobrara, NE, Christmas Bird Count,
12/17/2021
Contact: Kristine Askerooth, kristine_askerooth@fws.gov
 
Norfolk, NE, Christmas Bird Count,
12/18/21
Contact: Duane Wolff, duane.wolff@audubonmember.org, (402)-841-0130,
Dave Heidt, David Heidt, heidtdw@gmail.com,
 
Crawford NE, Christmas Bird Count, 
1/1/2022
Contact: Bruce Walgren, piranga@bresnan.net, 307-234-7455,
 
Harrison NE, Christmas Bird Count, 
1/2/2021
Contact: Bruce Walgren, piranga@bresnan.net, 307-234-7455
 
Lake McConaughy, NE, Christmas Bird Count, 
1/3/2022 
Contact: Stephen Dinsmore, cootjr@iastate.edu, 515-294-1348
 
SOME OF NORTH DAKOTA’s CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS
 
Long Lake N.W.R. ND, Christmas Bird Count,,
12/14/21
Contact: Mike Rabenberg, mjldrab@gmail.com
 
Tewaukon N.W.R., ND, Christmas Bird Count,
12/17/2021
Contact:  Patrick Fitzmorris, patrick_fitzmorris@fws.gov, 701-724-3598 ext 2, 701-212-0175 cell
 
Bismarck-Mandan, ND, Christmas Bird Count, 
12/19/2021
Contact:  Corey Ellingson, crackerjackbirder@bis.midco, 701-400-5891
 
Medora, ND, Theodore Roosevelt N.P. South Unit, Christmas Bird Count,
1/2/2021
Contact: katherine_sedlacek@nps.gov, (701) 623-4730, ext. 1416, Kevin Melzo,  kevin_melzo@nps.gov,  
 
Theodore Roosevelt N.P., North Unit Christmas Bird Count
Unknown
Contact:  Kevin Melzo, kevin_melzo@nps.gov, 701-623-4730 ext 1403
 
SOME OF WYOMING’s CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS
 
Sheridan, WY, Christmas Bird Count, 
12/18/2021
Contact: Annie Dunn, anniegitterdunn@gmail.com, (253) 307-9082.
 
Casper, WY, Christmas Bird Count, 
12/18/2021
Contact: Bruce Walgren, piranga@bresnan.net, 307-234-7455, 
or Stacey Scott at hustace@gmail.com or (307) 262-0055
 
Kane, WY, Christmas Bird Count,,
12/18/2021
Contact: Christy Fleming: christy_fleming@nps.gov, 307-548-5406
 
Buffalo, WY, Christmas Bird Count, 
12/19/2021
Contact: Deane Bjerke, bjerkedp@gmail.com,
 
Guernsey/Ft. Laramie, WY, Christmas Bird Count,
12/19/2021
Contact:  Jane Dorn, 307-640-4002, linglebird@yahoo.com,
 
Gillette, WY, Christmas Bird Count, 
12/28/2021
Contact: Dustin Downey, 307.756.3941, 504.453.4139, ddowney@audubon.org
 
Sundance, WY, Christmas Bird Count, 
12/30/2021, 
Contact: Jen at 307-283-2467, ravenssong18@gmail.com,
 
Story-Bighorn, WY, Christmas Bird Count, 
12/30/2021
Contact: Ariel Downing: at 307-751- 2303, bandgeek832@gmail.com, Christy_Fleming@nps.gov
 
Bates Hole, WY, Christmas Bird Count, 
1/1/2022
Contact: Hustace “Stacey” Scott, hustace@gmail.com, call Stacey at 307-262-0055 
or Charlie at 307-473-2512
 
SOME OF IOWA’s CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS
 
Westfield, IA, Christmas Bird Count, 
12/16/2021
Contact: Bill Zales, doczales44@hotmail.com
 
Sioux City, IA, Christmas Bird Count,
12/18/2021
Contact: Jerry Probst, probstsuebee@aol.com, 712-490-8256,
 
SOME OF MINNESOTA’s CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS
 
Pipestone N.M., MN, Christmas Bird Count, 
1/2/2022
 Contact: Garrett Wee, garrettwee@hotmail.com, (507) 829-8187
 
Hendricks, MN, Christmas Bird Count, 
1/4/2022
Contact: William A. Schultze, bcbrats@itctel.com, 605-479-3015
 
SOME OF MONTANA’s CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS
 
Miles City, MT, Christmas Bird Count, 
12/19/2021 
Contact: Jennifer Muscha, jenmuscha@midrivers.com, 406-951-2799
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Link to this CBC announcement on Scribd

 

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The Breeding Bird Survey is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service to monitor the status and trends of North American bird populations. Following a rigorous protocol, BBS data are collected by thousands of dedicated participants along thousands of randomly established roadside routes throughout the continent. 

For more information visit: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/ 

 For more info, contact Laura Hubers, SD Coordinator: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/contactus/USContacts.cfm#SD

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The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) –  2/18/22 – 2/21/22

This event repeats annually

February the world comes together for the love of birds.  https://www.birdcount.org

https://www.audubon.org/conservation/about-great-backyard-bird-count

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world

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Climate Watch – The summer and winter seasons repeat each year.

Climate Watch is sponsored by the National Audubon Society (NAS)
& takes place during two distinct seasons—winter (January 15-February 15) and summer (May 15-June 15). Below is the alert about winter 2022, the latest season .

January 15th-February 15th, 2022

Like the Christmas bird count this is a chance to help create “citizen science” for birds. Climate Watch focuses on these target species: Eastern Bluebird, Mountain Bluebird, Western Bluebird, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pygmy Nuthatch, American Goldfinch, Lesser Goldfinch, Painted Bunting, Eastern Towhee, and Spotted Towhee.

These birds are easy to identify, have an enthusiastic constituency, and Audubon’s climate models for these species offer strong predictions for range shifts for us to test. In future years, Climate Watch may include additional target species threatened by climate change. We believe that western bluebird and painted bunting are not normally in SD. All the other birds occur in all or parts of SD.

Visit this page to see where these birds are in SD, and which are near you:
https://www.sdakotabirds.com/species_main.htm

Location Climate Watch focuses on areas of predicted change for these 12 species at each location across the continent. Audubon provides volunteers with online mapping tools with a grid of 10 km x 10 km squares showing species-specific predictions for each square based on the climate models. A Climate Watch Coordinator can help select your location and survey square. If you are participating on your own, use the online maps to decide in which square to do your surveys. You will be able to see which squares are already “claimed”.  

How to count Volunteers should first make sure to read through all of the materials including the full protocol manual. The Climate Watch protocol is different than any other birding program. Then using the planning done with the online maps, volunteers survey appropriate habitat for the target species within a square and conduct 12 point counts of five minutes each within one morning, then record the number and species of all birds seen or heard within 100 meters. Participants send the data to the National Audubon Society.

How data will be used  Audubon’s 2019 climate change report, ‘Survival By Degrees,’ reveals that up to two-thirds of North American birds are vulnerable to extinction due to climate change. For example, the beautiful Mountain Bluebird is vulnerable because in the vast majority of its summer range, the climate conditions that this bird needs—temperature, amount of rainfall, and other environmental factors—will shift northward and eastward. This bird may be able to move into new areas over time, or it may struggle to adapt. To test the report’s predictions, Audubon has developed Climate Watch, which aims to document species’ responses to climate change and test Audubon’s climate models by having volunteers in the field look for birds where Audubon’s climate models predict they will be in the 2020s. This information helps Audubon target our conservation work to protect birds. See the Climate Watch results page here to see our early reports and results from the data received by Climate Watch volunteers so far!

Link to the Climate-watch program on the National Audubon Society web page

https://www.audubon.org/conservation/climate-watch

Climate watch instructions for participants
https://www.audubon.org/news/participant-resources-climate-watch

Climate watch for beginners webinar, – this has much of the same info as our November meeting
https://audubon.zoom.us/rec/share/xe9NAZTe6WVOf7fz2kbRAYAQMI66eaa8hCFL_fNZn0k3a8uNjHkvp4-EZzq7vlq_?startTime=1588186808000

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Game Fish and Parks Bio Blitz 2021

This event (GFP BB) re-occurs annually 

Here is information on the last one in 2021 May 22nd- June 6th, 2021

Help South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (SDGFP) observe and identify species state-wide during SDGFP’s virtual BioBlitz from May 22nd-June 6th! A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. Please join the project and contribute to the knowledge of biodiversity across the state by posting observations on iNaturalist . Download the iNaturalist app or visit the iNaturalist website (inaruralist.org). Create or sign into your account and join the project SD GFP BioBlitz 2021.

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/sdgfp-bioblitz-2021

https://www.inaturalist.org/signup?return_to=https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/sdgfp-bioblitz-2021 –  Participation is free to everyone and prizes will be awarded to top observers!

This project is found  discussed under GFP education tab — learn more at GFP web site:

https://gfp.sd.gov/bio-blitz/

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