December 27, 2014 @ 7:45 am
People's Church
1758 10th Street North
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Russ Schipper

The Christmas season is one of traditions, and Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) have been a tradition for birders since 1900, when on Christmas Day, Frank Chapman and about 20 other New Englanders launched what would become the longest running and largest set of data on any wildlife in the world. The CBCs are one of many aspects of birding and can be aptly described as “birding with a purpose.” On the grand scale, the purpose is to increase the knowledge about birds, their abundance and distribution, that will assist in their preservation. In our own small way each participant is contributing to that grand purpose; it is educational and fun too.

The Audubon Society of Kalamazoo will be conducting its 66th CBC on Saturday, December 27, and we invite you to join us. This count is a wonderful opportunity for beginning birders to see and learn about the area’s avian winter visitors. You most certainly do not need to be an expert to participate. If you are a novice, you will be placed with a more experienced team, so you can spend your time watching and enjoying while others do much of the counting. Enjoying ourselves is an important aspect of the counts. The count itself is an all-day affair, though it is certainly possible to arrange to come for a half day. At our lunch break, we recap what has been found in the morning. Though many teams do some walking, by far most of the birding is done by car from roadsides, so if you get chilled you have a place to warm up. Each team searches the assigned area for its birds, stopping at various appropriate habitats to look for specific species. There is no charge for participating.

The Kalamazoo Count is on Saturday, December 27 – meet at the People’s Church at 1758 North 10th Street at 7:45 AM. A potluck lunch is held at the back of the church, in room 9, at noon. Bring a dish to pass and table service. Hot tea and coffee will be provided. Those not participating in the morning are also welcome to bring a table service and dish to pass and join us. Compiler: Russ Schipper, 375-7210 or e-mail

FEEDER WATCHERS– The birds that come to feeders within the count area also can be counted. So,if you think you might live in one of the count areas and you want to watch your feeders for a while on the count day that would be great. An hour or two over the course of the day is sufficient. Please call the compiler for instructions and to determine if you are in a count area.