2017 CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS
All birdwatchers, whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced, are invited to join us on one or more Christmas Bird Counts. Taking place across the nation since 1900, data collected by observers allows researchers and conservation biologists to study the long-term health and status of bird populations. A 15 mile radius circle is divided into sections, with different parties assigned to each section. Contact Count Compiler (for Denver, Denver Urban, and Douglas County CBC) for section leaders, meeting times, locations and to join a team.
64th Denver Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Count Leader/Compiler: Joey Kellner (303-978-1748), email@example.com
Feeder Coordinator: Bob Shade (303-975-2476), firstname.lastname@example.org
Potluck Coordinator: Cheryl Teuton (303-912-3341), Please call her with what dish you can bring.
Compilation (and potluck) meeting: ~5:00pm, Chatfield State Park Headquarters (south side of the lake near the Heronry Overlook); State Parks vehicle entry pass required. Please carpool if possible. Ask your Area Leader about Compiler’s offer for reimbursement.
All are encouraged to participate in the annual Denver Christmas Bird Count (CBC) sponsored the National Audubon Society. To participate, call one of the Area Leaders listed below to assist in a particular area, or call the Count Compiler (contact info above) if you would like to help in an area that still needs additional observers.
POTLUCK! After a day in the field, all participants are invited to attend the compilation meeting/potluck to feast, warm up, chat with other birders, and find out how the count fared. It is a lot of fun. The compilation meeting will be at approximately 5pm (see location above). Feel free to bring a dish or desert to share! Again, Cheryl Teuton will coordinate the potluck, please contact her if you plan to bring a dish to share.
Fees: None! So, no excuses! Come have a great time and help count birds! Beginners and experts all welcome!
The 15-mile diameter “count circle” is subdivided into 24 “count areas” each with a leader. Area locations and names and phone numbers of Area Leaders are listed below. Participants should contact Area Leaders for count day meeting times and places.
|Area Number and Location||Area Leader||Phone Number|
|Red Rocks Park||Dan Stringer||720-854-5911|
|Lower Bear Creek||Michael Kiessig||303-909-5169|
|Bear Creek Lake Park||Mark Amershek||303-329-8646|
|Bow Mar/Marston||Leader TBD||TBD|
|Lower South Platte - East||Ed Holub||303-979-2194|
|Lower South Platte - West||Dick Schottler||303-278-8035|
|Highline Ditch||Nancy Crews||303-842-2833|
|Plum Creek||Norm Erthal||303-917-2596|
|Middle South Platte - West||Charlie Lawrence||303-795-9126|
|Middle South Platte - East||Urling Kingery||303-814-2723|
|Chatfield State Park||Joey Kellner||303-978-1748|
|Upper South Platte *||Jill Holden||720-288-4018|
|Lower Deer Creek (Chatfield Arboretum)||Leader TBD||TBD|
|Upper Deer Creek||Paul Slingsby||720-347-5169|
|Yegge Peak||Ann Bonnell||303-979-6211|
|Doublehead Mountain||Amy Davis||303-549-7759|
|North Turkey Creek||Ed Furlong||303-956-8321|
|Indian Hills||Dick Prickett||303-674-0217|
|Upper Bear Creek||Leader TBD||TBD|
|Ken Caryl Ranch||Tom Bush||303-919-5040|
|Garrison Gate||Leader needed||TBD|
|Willow Creek||Doris Cruze||303-798-8072|
|Mount Lindo/Willow Springs||Bob Shade||303-975-2476|
* to participate in this area, you must contact the area leader no later than Monday, December 12th.
A few areas still need a leader/leader duo – If interested PLEASE contact the Compiler.
Douglas County Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 30, 2017
The Douglas County Circle of the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held on Saturday, December 30, 2017 from 7:30am to 4pm. We have about 12 teams that go out and cover different areas of Douglas County. Birders of all abilities are encouraged to sign up for a team. Information is available through the Audubon CBC website. If you would like to be placed on a team please email Nancy Crews at: NBCrews46@msn.com. Final deadline to register is Tuesday, December 26, 2017.
Walking distance and difficulty of the trails will vary with the count area, and the elevations will range from approximately 5,000 to 8,000 feet. Many areas involve mostly driving, with birding stops along the way.
Potluck: There will be a compilation of Birds and a Chili potluck after the count. The chili potluck costs $2.50 and birders are asked to bring a dish to share. The chili potluck will be held at the Roxborough Park Foundation Community Center at 6237 Roxborough Drive, Littleton, CO 80125.
Denver Urban Christmas Count
Monday, January 1, 2018
A holiday tradition – everyone welcome: beginners, intermediate, and advanced. The more eyes we have, the more birds we see. And we like to encourage people to get involved. Start the New Year with a half day or whole day effort – a good way to start 2018! The count covers a circle with a 15-mile diameter that includes the Platte River from north city limits to Mississippi, west to Buckley Field & Rocky Mountain Arsenal. For better coverage, this year we divided Aurora into three parts.
Potluck: 5:00pm after the count, place TBA. Call Urling -303-814-2723 to RSVP and enjoy chili potluck, Urling’s brownies, & your salad, dessert, veggie, or finger foods. Feel free to come even if you don’t RSVP.
Count Leader, Hugh Kingery 303-814-2723
|Area Location||Leader contact||Leader||Area comments|
|South Platte South To Confluence Park||303-798-8072||Doris Cruze||Walking|
|South Platte Central Confluence Park to Riverside Cemetery||303-744-0613||Casey Davenhill||Some walking|
|South Platte North||303-278-8035||Dick Schottler||Some walking|
|Lower Sand Creek/Commerce City/Montbello||303-377-9870|
720 581 2711 (Texting welcome)
|Mike Serruto||Some walking|
|Aurora: Buckley Road/First Creek trail/Parkfield Lake Park||303 885 6955|
|Aurora: Bluff Lake, Star K, south to CCSP||303 994 2420||TBA||Some walking|
|Aurora: Coal Creek Env. Ctr/ Buckley Field||720-929-9302||Keith Hidalgo||Walking, some car|
|Cherry Creek Res. State Park.||720 431 3899|
|Jeff Dawson||Some walking|
|Cherry Creek, dam to University Blvd.||303-422-3728|
|Paul Slingsby||8.1 mile trek|
|SE Denver, N/Hampden||303 771 1421|
cell 303 941 7009
|Kent School, S/Hampden||303-757-7000||Lynn Willcockson||Walking , some car|
|City Park/Park Hill||720-482-8454||Kevin Corwin||Car, some walking|
|Botanic Gardens, Wash. Park, Denver Country Club||720 333 2551|
720 579 1791
|Car, some walking|
|Rocky Mtn. Arsenal||303-814-2723||Urling Kingery||Closed|
|Fairmont, Lowry area||303 979 6211||Ann Bonnell, Tuesday Birders||Car, some walking|
|Denver Zoo||Brad Parks||Closed|