Between December 14th and January 5th, hawk-eyed volunteers across the country brave various weather conditions to count birds during the annual Audubon Christmas rd Count (CBC) each year.
Birders and nature enthusiasts in Indiana take part in this tradition, many rising before dawn to participate in the longest running wildlife census on the planet. Each year, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count mobilizes over 70,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,400 locations across the Western Hemisphere. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count utilizes the power of volunteers to track the health of bird populations at a scale that professional scientists could never accomplish alone.
Data compiled in Indiana will record every individual bird and bird species seen in a specified area, contributing to a vast citizen science network that continues a tradition stretching back more than 100 years. In 2017, IAS will be helping to provide information on the various counts and produce a summary of all counts. Data does not need to be submitted to IAS in 2017. lessening the burden on count compilers.
THANK YOU – GARY AND LISA BOWMAN
After thirteen years of service, Gary and Lisa Bowman have decided to turn over the reigns. Gary and Lisa have both spent hundreds of hours collecting data, ensuring its accuracy, and writing articles for the IAQ. Their dedication, hard work, and knowledge will be missed and the Indiana Audubon Society is grateful for the volunteer work.
LOOKING FOR A NEW SUMMARY EDITOR
If you are interested in helping IAS continue to provide its members with CBC data collection, please contact Jeff Canada, IAS President (firstname.lastname@example.org).
AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT DATES
Updated count dates are in bold in the location column.
|Big Oaks NWR||Dec. 16||Joe Robb||Come to Big Oaks NWR for our Christmas Bird Count at 8AM! We will have 1/2 day and whole day groups that will head out on to the refuge for a fun day. Contact: Joe at email@example.com or 812-273-0783. Meet at the Refuge Office 8:00 am. Big Oaks Conservation Society will partner with the Refuge and provide lunch. Dress warm and be ready to count birds! Will have all day counters and half day groups for your convenience. Updated for 2017.|
|Brown County||Dec. 16||Patrick Haulter||Join the Brown County State Park Interpretive Staff for a morning of birding the hills of Brown County. Interested individuals should contact Patrick Haulter at firstname.lastname@example.org. The morning starts at the Nature Center at 8:30am. Updated for 2017.|
|Cass||Dec 23||Landon Neumann||If you would like to help please email Landon Neumann at email@example.com for a territory. We meet for lunch at Mr. Happy Burger (3131 E Market St, Logansport, IN 46947) to tally data and then birders can bird anywhere they want in the afternoon. Updated for 2017|
|Eagle Valley||Dec 17||Will Schaust||Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating in this year’s count, please register before December 11th. Participants will be required to pick up a materials packet the week of December 11th (week before the count) and are not required to meet in the morning. In the afternoon, we will convene at the Ornithology Center at noon for a pitch-in lunch and to tally our findings. Updated for 2017.|
|Elkhart Co.||Dec 30||Ronda DeCaire||
Field Observers will be assigned an area and given maps to count birds within a designated part of Elkhart County. Teams will bird by car and foot from dawn to dusk. Participants should dress for the weather, and bring binoculars and field guides. Field observers will meet at Ox Bow House Shelter in Ox Bow County Park on Saturday, December 30 at 7:30 a.m. Ox Bow County Park is located at 23033 County Road 45 in Dunlap.
Feeder Counters can count birds in their yards. Participants must count the highest number of species seen at once in your yard on that day. Feeder counts can take place during any amount of time.
Please contact Ronda DeCaire with the Elkhart County Parks at 574-535-6458 or e-mail email@example.com to register their name, address, and phone number and e-mail to receive further directions for the bird count. Updated for 2017.
|Fort Wayne||Dec 16||Margit Codispoti and Eric Helfrich||The Fort Wayne Count will be held Saturday, December 16, 2017. The count covers a 15-mile diameter circle in northern Allen and southern DeKalb Counties. Field observers for all day or half day are welcome as are feeder watchers within the circle area. If you plan to join in the count as a field observer or feeder watcher, or if you would like further information, please contact the compilers, Margit Codispoti:
|Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site||Dec 17||Tiffany Conrad||The GSP CBC encompasses a number of wonderful properties including the ACRES’ Detering and Lonidaw nature preserves, the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, Bixler Lake Park in Kendallville, and the Chain O’Lakes State Park. Our CBC will maintain a static date – 12/17, so you can mark your calendar for years to come! We’ll have a hot lunch for participants in the Carriage House Visitors Center at 12 noon in order to do a preliminary species count and warm up. You may participate early that morning with owling, feeder watching or visiting the many wetlands and preserves in our count circle. Please register before 12/14 by contacting Tiffany Conrad at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and for your designated birding location. It’s always fun to pre-scout to get to know the lay of the land and what birds you might see that day. Dress warmly with appropriate apparel and f you need any field guides or binoculars, just let Tiffany know – she’s got extras of most anything you might need. Updated for 2017.|
|Goose Pond||Dec 20||Lee Sterrenburg||To participate and be placed on a team email Compiler Lee Sterrenburg email@example.com. Teams have their own starting times and locations. We do a bring your own lunch at the Goose Pond FWA Visitor Center at 12:30 PM EST to see how we are doing to far. No post count compilation meeting. Updated for 2017.|
|Hamilton County||Dec 30||Amanda Smith||117th Annual Christmas Bird Count -Hamilton County – Celebrate the holidays by helping our department and the National Audubon Society conduct its annual Christmas Bird Count. Join us for a day of hiking and birding! Lunch for participants will be provided by the Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department. Call the Cool Creek Nature Center at 317-774-2500 to pre-register or to receive more details. Time: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm; Ages: Adults and older children; Location: CCNC and county-wide; Pre-registration: Required. Register by calling 317-774-2500 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated for 2017.|
|Hancock County||Dec 30||Gail McNierney||Not an official National Audubon sanctioned count. Contact Gail at 317-861-3967 or email, email@example.com. Updated for 2017.|
|Hanover – Madison||Dec 31||Dick Davis||Hanover~Madison CBC participants will meet 8am Saturday December 31, 2016 in the lounge of Clifty Inn, Clifty Falls State Park located just west of downtown historic Madison, Indiana on state road 56. There is no fee for the count or park admission. Counters will have numerous options for where and how long to count. To maximize enjoyment counters should bring binoculars and field guides and be prepared for the weather. The fifteen mile diameter count area is centered north of nearby Hanover, IN at the junction of Grange Hall Rd and state road 256. To register and obtain further information participants are asked to contact Hanover~Madison CBC compiler Dick Davis at 812-273-2656 or firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Wednesday December 28. For outdoor enthusiasts the annual Christmas Bird Count is a terrific time to enjoy birds whether by oneself, with family, or with long time friends or new birding acquaintances made during the count. Just as importantly, it’s an opportunity to “make a difference” by contributing to our understanding of the scope and distribution of early winter bird populations. http://www.audubon.org/conservation/join-christmas-bird-count Updated on December 2, 2016|
|Huntington County||No info available|
|Indiana Dunes (east)||Dec 16||Bumgardner||Teams meet on their own at pre-assigned areas. Contact Brad at email@example.com Nature Center auditorium offered for brown bag lunch at State Park Nature Center to share sightings. Deadline to register is Dec. 14. Updated for 2017.|
|Indiana Dunes West||Dec 29||Christine Gerlach||Sign up deadline through email or phone call to coordinator is December 26th. Christine_gerlach@nps.gov (219) 395-1885. Updated for 2017.|
|Indianapolis Northeast||Dec 16||John Schaust||Pre-registered participants will be assigned to a location and team. Meeting places and start times will be provided to each participant in advance via email. Beginning birders are encouraged and will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher. A lunch gathering will be held at 11:30am at George’s Neighborhood Grill at 71st and Binford Blvd. Anyone interested in birding in the afternoon can be reassigned after lunch. Register to participate by December 15 by calling John Schaust at 317-208-4021 or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated for 2017.|
|Jamestown||Dec 30||Roger Hedge||Meet at McCloud Nature Park, located southwest of North Salem in Hendricks County, at 8:00 am. A link with map to the park is at http://www.hendrickscountyparks.org/mccloudpark. Contact Roger at 317-473-3222 (cell) or email@example.com. Updated for 2017.|
|Johnson County (Atterbury)||Dec 16||Mike Clay||Meet at 7:45 at Johnson Co. park, google maps: Johnson County Park amphitheater. It actually shows up on a GPS as Johnson County Park Amphitheater. Call Mike at 317-682-8884 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated for 2017.|
|Knox County||Jan 2||Gary Bowman||Start your new year with a CBC. All participants are welcome.
Please contact Gary Bowman at email@example.com for team assignment or for more details. Teams have their own meeting times and locations. Feeder observers are welcome. Please contact me for instructions if you have not done this before. Updated for 2017.
|Lafayette||Dec 16||Ed Hopkins||Pre-Count Meeting will be at the Lilly Nat. Ctr. at Celery Bog Nat. Area in West Lafayette at 7 PM EST on 14 December 2017. The Post-Count meeting will be at 8 PMat the Wild Bird Shoppe on Kalberer Road in W. Lafayette after the Count. Contact Ed Hopkins. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated for 2017.|
|Lake Monroe||Dec 16||Jim & Susan Hengeveld||Contact Jim (email@example.com) or Susan Hengeveld (firstname.lastname@example.org), telephone 812-988-1671 if you would like to participate. Updated for 2017.|
|Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary||Dec 30||Carl and Amy Wilms||Meet at House #2 at 7:30 AM to assign areas for the count. Questions can be emailed to Amy Wilms (email@example.com). Lunch will be provided by Carl & Amy Wilms. Updated for 2017.|
|McCormick’s Creek||Dec 30||Sandy Belth||For more information and to be placed on a team, please email Sandy Belth at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jeffrey Belth at JeffreyBelth@gmail.com or call (812) 825-8353. Start times and meeting locations for the various teams will be given out closer to count time. Updated on December 12, 2017.|
|Muncie||Dec 17||Robert Williams||The Muncie Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, December 17th. Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the Christmas Bird Count is a longstanding citizen-science project to document bird population trends. Part of the fun is discovering the unexpected. Last year, for example, volunteers found black vultures and a merlin, as well as sandhill cranes, a barred owl, and a red-headed woodpecker. Beginning bird watchers are welcome, and binoculars will be available for participants to borrow. If you’d like to join us in the field, or would prefer to remain home and count at a bird feeder, please contact Robert Williams at email@example.com or Annette Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated on December 5, 2016.|
|Muscatatuck N. W. R.||Jan 1||Donna Stanley||Group will meet at the Visitor Center to divide into teams at 7:30am. All are welcome. Free soup lunch provided by refuge friends group. For information contact Muscatatuck@fws.gov. Updated for 2017.|
|Newport||Dec 30||Alan Bruner||
Covers West Union Bald Eagle roost, Newport Chemical Depot, Cayuga Power Plant, and Wabash River bottoms. Interested parties can contact Alan Bruner at: email@example.com 765-562-2741 (cell). Updated for 2017.
|Northeast LaPorte County||Dec 20||Dennis Richardson||No info available.|
|North Liberty||Dec 31||Steve Sass||The North Liberty count, including Potato Creek State Park will take place on December 31. For more information or to participate, contact compiler, Steve Sass at firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated for 2017.|
|Oakland City||Dec 30||Heath Hamilton||This CBC includes some of the most diverse habitat in the Midwest and encompasses Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, Sugar Ridge Fish and Wildlife Area, and thousands of acres of reclaimed mine land grasslands. New participants welcomed!! Please contact Heath Hamilton if you would like to volunteer. Contact info: email@example.com . Updated for 2017.|
|Ohio River||Dec 17||Jack Stenger||No info available.|
|Oldenburg||Dec 31||Wayne Wauligman||No info available.|
|Patoka Lake||Dec 19||John Castrale||Contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-508-2849. if you need additional information or want to sign up for the count. Updated for 2017.|
|Pike County||Jan 2||Jeremy Ross||Contact Jeremy Ross, email@example.com or 812-569-4009. The count area is centered on Alford and covers Petersburg and Winslow as well as parts of Knox and Daviess counties. Habitats included in the area consist of reclaimed mine ground, ag fields, bottomland forests, mixed forests and wild areas along with rural, suburban and small towns. Updated for 2017.|
|Pokagon||Dec 28||Fred Wooley||The 38th Annual Pokagon Christmas Bird Count will be held on December 28, 2017. On Thursday, December 28, birders in predetermined teams will disperse into a 15-mile diameter circle, the center being the center of Steuben County, to count both species and numbers of all birds. Participants will gather at the Pokagon State Park Potawatomi Inn, Lonidaw Lounge (west end of building), by 7:45am to divide into teams and head into the field. Birders should bring their own birding optics and dress for a day in the field. Participants should also bring a sack lunch to enjoy in the field, or their team may wish to make other lunch arrangements on their own. To register, contact Fred Wooley at 260-495-3307 or 260-243-0513 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration deadline is December 26. Updated for 2017.|
|Posey County||Date not set yet. Evansville Audubon is currently seeking a new compiler. For more information contact Sue Vernier at email@example.com. Updated for 2017.|
|Putnam County||Dec 16||Carl Huffman||We will meet in Greencastle at 633 East Seminary (Whitney Morrill’s house) at 7:45 AM and gather again at noon to compare notes and have a chili lunch. Contact Carl Huffman for more information firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated for 2017.|
|Randolph Co.||Dec 14||Connie Howell||Contact Connie Howell at email@example.com for information about participating. Updated for 2017.|
|Richmond||Dec 16||Bill Buskirk||Contact Bill for selection of areas to cover in the morning at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-969-0449 . Updated for 2017.|
|Southern Adams/Northern Jay/Ouabache SP||Jan 1||Terri Gorney||SANJO is Southern Adams Northern Jay Ouabache SP. State park and the Limberlost Territories. All birders welcome.
Noon chili lunch at the Limberlost Visitor Center, 200 E. Sixth St, Geneva.
The circle includes the Loblolly Marsh, Limberlost Swamp Wetland Preserve, Ouabache State Park, Munro Nature Preserve, Wabash River, Limberlost Creek, Loblolly Creek, Music of the Wild Nature Preserve, Limberlost Bird Sanctuary, Rainbow Bottom, Rainbow Lake, Lake of the Woods, old stone quarry, old gravel pit Fields Park, and Amish farms. Chili Lunch is at the Limberlost Visitor’s Center. Experience and inexperienced birders welcome. Plenty of good territory for all. We could use feeder watchers at home and there is a bird room at the center. This is the 4th year that Limberlost has hosted this count that was started 40 years ago.
|South Bend||Dec 16||Vic Riemenschneider||The South Bend Count is divided into five sectors with sector leaders. Contact Vic at email@example.com if you want to participate or go to the South Bend Web site www.sbeaudon.org for more information on both the South Bend and Elkhart Counts. Updated for 2017.|
|Spring Mill||Dec 17||John Castrale||Contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-508-2849. if you need additional information or want to sign up for the count. Updated for 2017.|
|Sullivan County||Dec 18||Michael Brown||Contact MikePytlak@aol.com if attending. We usually go to territories in am then meet at Subway in Sullivan at Hwy 41 and hwy 154 at 12:30 for lunch and to review species seen. There is no meeting in evening, instead participants call or email reports to Michael Brown – 812-299-2137. Leave message. Updated for 2017.|
|SW Allen County||Jan 1||Cynthia Powers||Please contact the compiler (email@example.com) by Dec. 28 to be assigned to a team. Meet at Fox Island County Park at 8 a.m. on Jan. 1 to pick up maps and meet your team. Cars can be left at Fox Island. Breakfast items will be available courtesy of Fox Island Alliance. Then meet back at Fox Island at noon (approximately). Chili will be available to supplement your packed lunch, and we will post the tentative bird list on the overhead projector. Then you can complete your territory or go home to watch your feeder (if you live in the count circle.) Each team leader and feeder watcher can then just e-mail the finished report to the compiler at the end of the day. The count circle includes Fox Island, the properties of Little River Wetlands, Foster Park, and four small ACRES properties. Updated for 2017.|
|Terre Haute||Dec 16||Peter Scott||Contact Peter at Peter.Scott@indstate.edu if you need additional information or want to sign up for the count. 60 year old count! Updated for 2017.|
|Tippecanoe||Dec 30||David Hicks||The Tippecanoe Audubon Society Christmas count will be Saturday, December 30 The 15-mile-diameter count circle is centered northwest of Warsaw. Those interested in participating should get in touch with me: Dave Hicks, 260-982-2471, firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated for 2017|
|Topeka||Dec 23||Leland Shaum||Field and feeder watchers are needed. Anyone wishing to participate should contact either Perry Miller at 574-642-1300 – ext.4098 and leave a message or Leland Shaum at email@example.com or 574-202-0015 to be assigned a team or an area. Because we have many youth and Amish participants there is a special need for drivers. Updated for 2017.|
|Tri-County/Rochester||Dec 16||Michael Stephan||Meet at 8 am at Potawatomi Wildlife Park on State Road US 331 in Marshall County at Tippecanoe. Contact Michael D. Stephan, Executive Director at 1-574-498-6550 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Most of their field people are within the park, but they need feeder observers and field observers to work other areas of the circle. The count info is also on the park web site. Updated for 2017.|
|Turkey Run||Dec 23||Alan Bruner||
Covers Turkey Run and Shades St. Parks, Lake Waveland, Raccoon Lake, Hollandsburg Longspur fields and Amish farms. Interested parties can contact Alan Bruner at email@example.com or 765-562-2741 (cell). Updated for 2017.
|Vanderburgh County||Dec 16||Steve Heeger||Contact Steve Heeger at 812-499-0177 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated for 2017.|
|Warrick County||Chris Pace||No info available.|
|Wells County||Ruth Oswalt||Contact Ruth at 260-694-6487 to sign up.|
|Western Gibson County||Dec 17||Dan Collins||Contact Dan Collins if you would like to volunteer. Contact info: email@example.com or call him at 812.499.8121.. Updated for 2017.|
|Whitewater||Dec 17||Bill Buskirk||Contact Bill Buskirk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-969-0449. Updated for 2017.|
|Willow Slough/Iroquois Preserves||Jan 2||Ed Hopkins||Meet at the Willow Slough FWA HQ. From the junction of US41/IN117 near Morocco, drive five miles west to Stateline Road. Turn north and drive two miles to the entrance sign. Turn east and meet at the parking lot at the HQ beside JC Murphey Lake. Meet at 7 AM CST (8 AM EST). Contact Ed Hopkins. Email: email@example.com. Cell: 765.714.9913. Updated for 2017.|