Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society

117th Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Bird Count Map

Everyone is welcome to participate - whether you are an experienced birder or a novice. Dress warmly, come with your enthusiasm and your binoculars. You do not need to be a member of the Audubon society to help. The information that all counts generate is reviewed and placed in a database that is available to everyone on the Internet.

The Tri-Cities count starts in two locations at 7:30am, Saturday, December 31. From these locations we split into smaller teams led by more experienced birders. Some birding skills are helpful but not required. If you cannot make the 7:30am start, please coordinate with your count leader prior to Saturday, December 31st to arrange an appropriate time and location.

If you can, call the appropriate team leader to participate in their area. This helps them plan smaller team assignments. Volunteers who have not made prior arrangements should come to one of the meeting places below - they will be added to available teams that morning. If you cannot make the 7:30 am start, please coordinate your efforts with the leader prior to December 31 to arrange an appropriate time and location.

Each team, led by an experienced birder, will go to different locations throughout the day to count birds. Carpooling from the meeting locations is organized based on the needs of the group and individuals. Birding groups typically break for lunch at a convenient place.

The two start locations where volunteers can join the count are:

  • RichlandThe Band Shell (“Fingernail”) in Howard Amon Park - meet Team Leader: Lisa Hill

  • PascoChiawana Park Boat Ramp, end of Rd 88 - meet Team Leader: Dana Ward

  • Kennewick There will be no count day meeting. Rich Barchet will coordinate the Kennewick count, in advance, but he will not be participating on that day. Therefore, please contact Richard Barchet before December 20th to be assigned an area in Kennewick. The team leaders also need to know what you have counted (species and number of species) before the potluck at 6:00pm. Give your data to Lisa for Richland, Dana for Pasco and Katie Harris for Kennewick. Katie will be at the Grange in Pasco just before the potluck.

  • Owling – Time, person and location to meet to be determined.

Bird Feeder Counts: Birds seen at bird feeders within the count circle are extremely important to the count. So if you have a feeder please provide those numbers to a team leader or drop information off at the Grange in Pasco. Notify Dana Ward 509-545-0627 by 5 pm of birds seen at feeders.

Birder with Scope

Our goal

  • Count as many birds as possible within the circle
  • Count as many species as possible within the circle

To do this, we need as many teams as possible. Come for the morning or the entire day. Some birding skills are nice but not required. In most areas, a fair amount of walking is involved.

The Tri-Cities count starts in 3 locations at 7:30 am, December 31 - although some hardy souls may do some owling at the official start time of 12 a.m. midnight.

Why we participate

Data from these counts becomes part of the largest wildlife database in the world. It is vital for determining the status of expanding and declining bird numbers. Anyone who enjoys looking at birds can help. The Tri-Cities count is one of the best supported counts in the state, and regularly has the highest number of species seen inland. This is due to strong community support.


Christmas Bird Counts have occurred nationally for more than 115 years, and locally for nearly 40 years. They occur in 1900 locations around the United States and nearby countries. More than 60,000 volunteers participate.

All Christmas counts are standardized to a 7.5 mile radius circle (about 177 square miles). The LCBAS count circle is formally called the Washington Tri-cities circle and centers on the Columbia River shoreline closest to Rd. 68 in Pasco. This is a very large area that includes Selph Landing Road in Pasco, most of Two Rivers Park east of Kennewick and Badger Mountain in Richland.


*** Team leaders need to know your tallies before the potluck.***

At the end of the count day, the LCBAS has their annual Christmas Potluck. The dinner is held at the Columbia Grange #938 which is located at 6300 Court Street in Pasco. Please bring a main dish and dessert to share. Some standard drinks will be provided such as coffee and bottled water. You will need to provide your own tableware. Start assembling at or before 5:30pm and we will eat at approximately 6:00pm. The day’s bird count will be presented after we eat. Also the Grange will be open from 10:00am to closing for those that want to stop by for warm drinks, good conversation and possibly some dulcimer music.

The Pasco Grange will be open all day and warm drinks will be available. Stop by, warm up and discuss what you have seen. You are welcome to bring your lunch and eat it at the Grange if it is convenient to your birding route.

LCBAS Meeting January 2008

6 pm Saturday, December 31, 2016
Columbia Grange #938
6300 Court Street
Pasco, Washington

There may be an AUCTION of bird-related items after dinner......come prepared to shop or enjoy the entertainment.


  • MainDish to share
  • Salad or dessert to share
  • Your own plate, silverware and beverage container (cup or glass)

LCBAS provides

  • Coffee and soft drinks

Whether you spent the day stomping through the fields, watching your feeders or you just want to hear the official results from the Christmas Bird Count, come and share a meal and holiday cheer with a friendly bunch of birders and their families and friends!

For more information on the Tri-cities or any of the other Christmas Counts, please contact Dana Ward at (509) 545-0627.

The database can be accessed through www.birdsource.org, then select the Christmas Bird Count icon. The Tri-Cities count code is WATC.

Click To Get Prior Year Count Results --- A new window will open.
Step 1 - Select Year Range
Step 2 - From the drop down menus, select - Country: United States, State: Washington, then enter the Count Code: WATC
Step 3 - Click the radio button for WATC
Step 4 - Choose the file format and sort type
Step 5 - Click Export