Kent County Christmas Bird Count

Date: Saturday, January 1, 2022
Time: 7:30 AM
Location: Wittenbach/Wege Center
(no in-person gathering)

Christmas Bird Count Details:
The count will follow National Audubon Society guidelines, the same as last year. We are hopeful we will be able to operate in a manner like earlier years by the 2022 count. Our board has decided to proceed with the 2021 Christmas Bird Count using NAS guidelines, as follows:
   1. Cancel all in-person compilation gatherings.
   2. Masking is required if social distancing is not possible while in the field.
   3. Carpooling may only occur within existing familiar or social “pod” groups.
   4. Activities must comply with all current state and municipal COVID-19 guidelines.
Tom Leggett will be the on-the-ground coordinator and will base himself at the Wittenbach/Wege Center, but we will not have an in-person gathering. Section leaders will coordinate their sections and gather results by email. Chris Baer is working to confirm section leaders. Section data will be sent to Tom and Ranger Steve. Steve will complete the NAS report and prepare the article for the Caller.

Feeders within the count circle add valuable data. Let us know before count day if you will be a feeder counter only. Some counters travel a section in the morning and then count at their feeders in the afternoon. In the event of a blizzard on count day, feeders can save a count, despite reduced numbers. Refer to the count map to see if your feeder is within the count circle, and report your numbers to a count coordinator.

Direct inquiries to count coordinators:
Tom Leggett: 616-249-3382 E-mail: tomleggett@hotmail.com
or
Ranger Steve (Mueller): 616-696-1753 E-mail: odybrook@chartermi.net

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A video featuring Chandler Robbins discussing the history of the Christmas Bird Count is available by clicking here.

Bird Count Information

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Click here for count map