The Southwest Allen County Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2016. It will cover a 15-mile diameter circle, like all Christmas Bird Counts. This circle will include Eagle Marsh, Fox Island County Park, the two Arrowhead Properties belonging to Little River Wetlands, Foster Park and three small ACRES preserves. The circle will be divided up into 6 to 8 territories to be covered by parties of two or three, each with an experienced birder.
Beginners are welcome, and if you live within the count circle, you can also count the birds at your feeder. All birds seen will be counted, and the results turned in to National Audubon Society.
The first Christmas Bird Count took place in 1900, so this one will be the 116th. All counts are done between December 14 and January 5, and take place all over the country, contributing to scientific studies that help establish ranges for bird species.
Anyone wanting to participate must contact the compiler, Cynthia Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 26 to be assigned to a party. Bird count participants will gather at the Little River Wetlands office off Engle Road at 8am to pick up maps and enjoy a light breakfast. Preliminary results will be posted at lunchtime at Fox Island County Park.
Last year we had 18 participants plus 7 feeder watchers, and saw 42 species, despite icy conditions.
This count is one of six in the area. It is a project of Stockbridge Audubon Society, with the enthusiastic support of Little River Wetlands staff and Fox Island County Park.