DECEMBER BIRD WALKS
JOIN THE BIRD WALK WITH LEE STIGEN
When: Saturday, December 4th at 9:00 am - 11 am
What: Bird walk with Lee Stigen
Where: Connected Lakes. Please contact Lee at 970-241-3905 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up. Group will be limited to 8 and will meet near Chow Down Pet Supplies off Broadway.
JOIN THE BIRD WALK WITH ERIN JONES
When: Saturday, December 11th at 9:00 am - 11 am
What: Bird walk with Erin Jones.
Where: Pear Park, 29 Road Parking Lot. Please contact Erin at
928-210-0302 or Grneyedbean@yahoo.com for further questions.
American Three-toed Woodpecker, photo by Jackson Trappett.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Grand Junction CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT: Sunday, 12/19/21
This marks the 122nd year that the Christmas Bird Count has been conducted. Each November, birders interested in participating in the CBC sign up and join in through their local Audubon chapter. From December 14 thru January 5 each year tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas brave snow, wind, or rain, and take part in the effort. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this long-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations, and to help guide conservation action. Check out the Audubon Christmas Bird Count website to learn more about this conservation effort!
What: This year, restrictions for Covid 19 have been eased somewhat; however, Mesa County still has a high rate of Covid infections. Although this year we will be able to have a more usual Christmas Bird Count than we had in 2020, I urge all leaders and participants to take each other and your individual health situation in mind when participating (or not) in this year’s Christmas Bird Count on 12/19/21. Many thanks to all of you for getting through last year’s count with patience and continued participation. In addition, Nic Korte organizes a special bird count for Western Screech Owls held in conjunction with the Grand Junction count.
Where: We have two areas open for leadership: Orchard Mesa and Redlands West. This year we have several new leaders and we thank Denise and Mark Vollmar, as well as Ron Lambeth for their leadership covering these respective areas over the years. We will miss their experience and expertise in the CBC however, they remain active in other important Grand Valley Audubon
endeavors! Should you or someone you know be interested in covering either Orchard Mesa or Redland West, please contact Janet Gallenstein at email@example.com or call/text 413-250-4101.
If you prefer not to participate in a count, there is another way for you to participate and that is by doing feeder counts from the safety and comfort of your own home! If you have a feeder or have friends or neighbors who would welcome someone to monitor their feeders, this is a great way to add observations to the count. To sign up to be a Feeder Watcher, email Janet A. Gallenstein at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will put you in contact with the area leader of your particular location.
MESA CBC: NEW YEAR'S DAY 2022
When: The Mesa CBC will be held on New Year’s Day 2022.
To participate meet at 9 a.m. at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in the town of Mesa. As usual, CBC area leaders have recruited their own small teams and hopefully will be able to include more participants this year.
Thank you so much for your interest and enthusiasm for leading and participating in this year's 2021 Christmas Bird Counts!