2017 Annual Audubon Christmas Count

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), vireo1@comcast.net
Feeder Coordinator: Bob Shade (303-975-2476), wrshade3@gmail.com
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 LocationArea Leader Phone Number
Red Rocks ParkDan Stringer 720-854-5911
Lower Bear CreekMichael Kiessig303-909-5169
Bear Creek Lake ParkMark Amershek 303-329-8646
Bow Mar/MarstonLeader TBDTBD
Lower South Platte - EastEd Holub   303-979-2194
Lower South Platte - WestDick Schottler303-278-8035
Highline DitchNancy Crews303-842-2833
Plum CreekNorm Erthal    303-917-2596
Middle South Platte - WestCharlie Lawrence   303-795-9126
Middle South Platte - EastUrling Kingery       303-814-2723
Chatfield State ParkJoey Kellner  303-978-1748
Upper South Platte *Jill Holden 720-288-4018
Lower Deer Creek (Chatfield Arboretum)Leader TBD TBD
Upper Deer Creek      Paul Slingsby720-347-5169
Yegge Peak              Ann Bonnell     303-979-6211
Doublehead Mountain   Amy Davis303-549-7759
North Turkey Creek           Ed Furlong 303-956-8321
Indian HillsDick Prickett      303-674-0217
Upper Bear Creek Leader TBD TBD
Ken Caryl Ranch Tom Bush303-919-5040
Garrison Gate Leader neededTBD
Morrison/Willowbrook   Leader neededTBD
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 LocationLeader contact LeaderArea comments
South Platte South To Confluence Park303-798-8072Doris CruzeWalking
South Platte Central Confluence Park to Riverside Cemetery303-744-0613Casey DavenhillSome walking
South Platte North303-278-8035Dick SchottlerSome walking
Lower Sand Creek/Commerce City/Montbello303-377-9870
720 581 2711 (Texting welcome)
Mike SerrutoSome walking
Aurora: Buckley Road/First Creek trail/Parkfield Lake Park303 885 6955
patodrisk@gmail.com
Patrick O’DriscollWalking
Aurora: Bluff Lake, Star K, south to CCSP303 994 2420 TBASome walking
Aurora: Coal Creek Env. Ctr/ Buckley Field720-929-9302Keith Hidalgo Walking, some car
Cherry Creek Res. State Park.720 431 3899
Jeff.Dawson1831@gmail.com
Jeff DawsonSome walking
Cherry Creek, dam to University Blvd.303-422-3728
paslingsby@comcast.net
Paul Slingsby 8.1 mile trek
SE Denver, N/Hampden303 771 1421
cell 303 941 7009
mkeithler@gmail.com
Mary KeithlerWalking
Kent School, S/Hampden303-757-7000 Lynn WillcocksonWalking , some car
City Park/Park Hill720-482-8454Kevin CorwinCar, some walking
Botanic Gardens, Wash. Park, Denver Country Club720 333 2551
720 579 1791
Marilyn Rhodes
Bob Santangelo
Car, some walking
Rocky Mtn. Arsenal303-814-2723 Urling KingeryClosed
Fairmont, Lowry area 303 979 6211Ann Bonnell, Tuesday BirdersCar, some walking
Denver ZooBrad ParksClosed