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Audubon Annual Christmas Bird Count, Oakhurst

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Date(s) - 12/18/2022
All Day


Audubon’s 123rd annual CBC is upon us. Last year, the 122nd Audubon CBC included 2,621 count circles worldwide. In total, 76,880 observers out in the field and watching feeders tallied up more than 42 million birds representing about 2,500 different species. When combined with other surveys like the Breeding Bird Survey, the Audubon CBC 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.

The Oakhurst CBC will be on Sunday, Dec. 18. There is no fee to participate and no experience necessary, we welcome people new to birding as well as birders of all skill levels. Generally it is conducted from dawn to dusk, but some people choose to do just a partial day. If you live within the count circle (see attached count circle map) you can even just do a “feederwatch” count from your home. We conduct the count “rain or shine.” Most counts combine birding on foot as well as by car.

Count circles have a 7.5 mile radius. The Oakhurst count circle center point is Oakhurst Elementary School on School Rd. and is divided into 6 zones. If you want to participate, choose a zone that interests you and contact that zone leader directly, or if you have no preference, contact me at roygbiv@nctv.com and you can be assigned to a group. General recommendations are that you you wear layered clothing, bring a lunch or snacks, and water. Binoculars are recommended but not mandatory. They don’t need to be expensive ones.

Contact me for any questions.
Vern Johnson

Zone Leaders

1. Oakhurst
Vern Johnson

2. Ahwahnee North
Steve & Kathy Kelley

3. Ahwahnee South
Francey Blaugrund

4. Bass Lake
Scarlett & Skip Bullock

5. Coarsegold
Helen George

6. Oakhurst North
Nina Jones

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