Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society

Serving Benton and Franklin Counties since 1965

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120th Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Bird Count Map 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.

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. In consultation with your Team Leader, you decide where and for how long you want to count.
(For more information on the Tri-Cities Christmas Bird Count, please call Dana Ward, Christmas Bird Count Coordinator at 509-545-0627)


Start Locations and Contacts

The Tri-Cities count starts in three locations at 7:30 AM (although some hardy souls may do some owling at the official start time of 12 AM December 28th).

Richland – Meet Team Leader Lisa Hill at the “Fingernail” in Howard Amon Park.
Contact Lisa: 509-869-6715, Email: tiarella177@gmail.com

Pasco – Meet Team Leader Dana Ward at the Chiawana Park Boat Ramp, end of Rd 88.
Contact Dana: 509-545-0627, Email: dcarlward@gmail.com

Kennewick – Meet Team Leader Rich Barchet at the Rod Coler Audubon Nature Trail parking area on Columbia Park Trail.
Contact Rich: 509-430-0053, Email: wr.barchet43@frontier.com

* If you cannot make the 7:30 AM start, please coordinate with your Team Leader prior to Saturday, December 28th to arrange an appropriate time and count location.

Count Teams
From these three locations, we divide into smaller teams led by more experienced birders. These teams canvas a part of the area as agreed with their Team Leader and note the species and numbers of the birds they observe. Teams need to provide the Team Leaders with their observations before the potluck dinner and count up at 6:30 PM.

Feeder Birds
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. Feeder counts should be provided the day of the count, but can be called in shortly after December 29th.

The information that all counts generate is reviewed and placed in a database that is available to everyone on the internet. The database can be accessed through www.birdsource.org then select the Christmas Bird Count icon. The Tri-Cities count code is WATC.

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Why we participate

Our goal is to count as many species of birds and their numbers within the count circle as possible. To do this, we need as many teams as possible. Come for the morning or the entire day. In most areas, a fair amount of walking is involved.

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 populations. The Tri-Cities count is one of the best supported counts in the state, and regularly has the highest number of species seen inland thanks to strong community support.

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Christmas Potluck!

At the end of the count day, the LCBAS has their annual Christmas Potluck. The dinner this year will be held at the Columbia Grange #938, 6300 Court Street, Pasco. Start assembling at 5:30 PM and we will eat at approximately 6:00 PM. The day's bird count will be presented after we eat.

Also the Grange will be open from 12:00 Noon for those that want to stop by for warm drinks, good conversation and possibly some dulcimer music.

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Birder with spotting scope walking on lawn near Columbia River

Christmas Bird Count History

Christmas Bird Counts have occurred nationally for more than 119 years, and locally for nearly 40 years. Counts occur in 1900 locations around the United States and nearby countries. More than 60,000 volunteers participate.


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


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