2019-2020 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.
66th DENVER CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2019
Count Leader/Compiler: Joey Kellner (303-978-1748), firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration: Each section will be listed as a field trip on dfobirds.org starting on November 1. You may register for a count area (or field trip) anytime in November or before December 14 online. No fee, but State Parks pass required
Compilation (and potluck) meeting: ~5:00 pm, Chatfield State Park Headquarters (south side of the lake near the Heronry Overlook); State Parks vehicle entry pass required. Please carpool if possible.
All are encouraged to participate in the annual Denver Christmas Bird Count (CBC) sponsored the National Audubon Society. The 15-mile diameter “count circle” is subdivided into the 24 “count areas” listed below, each area with a leader. Come have a great time and help count birds! Beginners and experts all welcome!
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!
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||Scott Somershoe||615-829-3573|
|Bear Creek Lake Park||Mark Amershek||303-329-8646|
|Bow Mar/Marston||Bill Hopping||303-809-3053|
|Lower South Platte - East||Ed Holub||303-979-2194|
|Lower South Platte - West||Dean Shoup||720-272-9042|
|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)||Riley & Heather Morris||720-666-1644|
|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||Laura Steadman||843-319-5086|
|Ken Caryl Ranch||Tom Bush||303-919-5040|
|Garrison Gate||Bob Shade||303-975-2476|
|Willow Creek||Doris Cruze||303-798-8072|
|Mount Lindo/Willow Springs||Bob Shade||303-975-2476|
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. 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.
Registration: If you would like to be placed on a team please email Nancy Crews at: NBCrews46@msn.com. Final deadline to register is Monday, December 23, 2019.
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 2020! 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.
Potluck: 5:00pm after the count, Washington Park United Church of Christ, 400 S. Williams St. Parking lot to the north and accessible entrance off the alley. Call Urling -303-814-2723 to RSVP and to enjoy chili potluck, Urling's brownies, & your salad, dessert, veggie, or finger foods. Feel free to come even if you don’t RSVP.
|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||720 581 2711 (Texting welcome)||Mike Serruto||Some walking|
|Aurora: Buckley Road/First Creek trail/Parkfield Lake Park||303 885 6955|
|Patrick O’Driscoll||Walking & Driving
|Aurora: Bluff Lake, Star K, south to CCSP||303 718 3318|
|Steve Hebert||Some walking|
|Aurora: Coal Creek Env. Ctr/ Buckley Field||303-814-2725||Karen Metz||Walking, some car|
|Buckley Field (half-day)|
|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||303 941 7009|
|Kent School, S/Hampdenemail@example.com|
call: 303 777-3337
text: 303 777-3376
|Barbara Masoner||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 (txt)|
720 579 1791 (txt)
|Car, some walking|
|Rocky Mtn. Arsenal||303-814-2723||Urling Kingery||Car, some walking|
|Fairmont, Lowry area||303 979 6211||Ann Bonnell, Tuesday Birders||Car, some walking|