Join us for the 116th Christmas Bird Count of the National Audubon Society and the 112th Rochester CBC.

This is our chance to participate in Citizen Science and enjoy the company of other birders. Lots of eyes make for a better count plus this is a great chance for ‘newbies’ to learn by being paired up with experienced birders.

Last year we noted 94 species. Let’s go for 100 this year!

In the evening of the count day, December 20th, we will gather at Newport Yacht Club (on Seneca Road in Irondequoit) at 6:00 PM for pizza followed by the tally of the species. The tally will start about 7:30 PM. We will be finished by 9:00 PM. Even if not interested in dinner, please join us for the tally.

There will be $4 charge to cover the costs. Self-serve wine and beer will be available for $1. If people and willing and able, they could bring pot luck dishes to augment the pizza. We would like some idea of head count by Tuesday, December 8 – please call/email Norma Platt at 671-9639/

Call an area leader to volunteer. Different groups may start or end at different times of day on the 20th, so be sure to ask your leader for details.

If you cannot get out to bird in the field, consider watching your feeder for some time during the day, then phoning in your count of birds seen at your feeder; all data is useful.

Note:  Birds seen during the count week December 17 to 23 may be called in to the area leaders for inclusion in the year’s species total.

Rochester CBC areas and leaders are as follows:

Braddock Bay to Long Pond Road – Bob and Susan Spahn 671-5690
Long Pond Road to Dewey Avenue – Greg Lawrence cell 730-2553
Dewey Avenue to Charlotte Harbor – Kimberly Sucy 503-2534 or
Summerville to Culver Road – Dominic Sherony 223-7353
Culver Road to Baker Road (Webster) – Tom & Nancy Poeth 872-5344
Highland Park, Genesee Valley Park, Mt. Hope Cemetery – Shirley Shaw 385-3907
Seneca Park – Tom and Pat Smith 385-7714
Maplewood & Turning Point Parks, Holy Sepulchre & Riverside Cemeteries – Kim Hartquist
Area west of Rochester-Monroe County Airport – Jack Hartwig (contact through Bob Spahn)

Norma Platt, Compiler 585-671-9639