The Audubon Society of Lincoln City (ASLC) is sponsoring a Christmas Bird Count in Lincoln City from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16. The event is billed as “a day in the field for science or just for fun.
“We’re excited that our Lincoln City area bird count will be part of the international effort for the sixth year in a row,” said ASLC president and local event coordinator Dawn Villaescusa. “Participating in a Christmas Bird Count with a team is a great way to enjoy a day outdoors and sharpen your birding skills. CBC field observers will also have the opportunity to meet others who share an interest in birds and to discover some good local spots to find birds.”
The National Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the longest running “citizen science project” in North America. The results have provided critical information on bird populations over the 119 years it has been conducted.
“Our Lincoln City CBC observation area, a 15-mile diameter circle, includes wonderful habitat diversity,” said Villaescusa.
The count starts with a team organization meeting at Sambo’s Restaurant (3262 Highway 101, Lincoln City at 6:30 a.m. and ends with results reporting and a hot meal at 4 p.m. Carpooling from Sambo’s to the field sites and all-day participation are encouraged, but not required. ASLC’s Christmas Bird Count is free, but pre-registration is required.
For first-time participants, Villaescusa offers the following advice on what to bring: “Binoculars, if you have them. (ASLC has some to loan.) Be prepared for a day outdoors on the Oregon coast in the winter. That means warm clothes, rainwear and waterproof shoes. The count will be held rain or shine. Bring a bag lunch and snacks. Most important, bring an enthusiastic attitude and a willingness to search quietly and patiently for birds.”
Those who aren’t up for a day in the field can still participate in the count. People who live within the ASLC’s count circle can contribute by recording the birds observed in their backyard on Dec. 16.
For more information about the Christmas Bird Count, go online at lincolncityaudubon.org. To register, contact Villaescusa at 503-507-8457 or [email protected] or Caren Willoughby at 541-992-2809 or [email protected]
For more information about the National Christmas Bird Count, including its history and all compiled data, visit National Audubon’s CBC website, audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count.
People are also encouraged to mark their calendars for upcoming ASLC field trips. Information about these trips can be found at lincolncityaudubon.org.
The Audubon Society of Lincoln City’s mission is to encourage residents and visitors to protect and enjoy the native birds, other wildlife, and habitats found on the central Oregon coast.