Mendocino Coast Audubon Society logo Our next meeting will be Monday December 18 7PM at the Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420.

David Jensen and Tim Bray will hold the annual Christmas Bird Count Review.

On Saturday, December 30, 2017, bird watchers and nature enthusiasts, armed with binoculars, bird guides, and checklists, will count all the birds they can identify from Little Valley Road south to Big River for the Fort Bragg Circle.

On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, many of them will get up and do it again, on the south coast from Elk to Point Arena, the Manchester Circle.

They will be joining tens of thousands of birders across the Americas who will brave uncertain weather (or stay home and watch their yard and feeders) to count every bird of every species they can find in one day, as part of the 116th National Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

The Mendocino Coast Audubon Society invites you to join us, no matter what your level of birding experience. Everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Count does it for love of birds and the excitement of friendly competition, with the knowledge that their efforts make a difference for science and bird conservation.

After the count, participants are invited to join us at the Caspar Community Center after 5PM for the great Count Up of all the species seen that day. The Mendocino Coast Audubon Society will provide hot lasagne and a salad. Please bring your own plates, cups, and cutlery, as well as something to drink. If you're planning on attending the dinner and you participated as either in the field or at home, please RSVP to the count compiler for that event. We need to know how many citizen scientists the Mendocino Coast Audubon will be feeding.

To participate:
For the Fort Bragg count, contact the count compiler Tim Bray at 937-4422 or email.
For the Manchester count, contact the count compiler Dave Jensen at 964-8163 or email.

For the Fort Bragg CBC backyard feeder count, contact Sarah Grimes at 937-4322 or email
Feeder/Yard Watch Instructions can be downloaded (.PDF) here.
CBC Feeder/Yard Watch Checklist can be downloaded (.PDF) here.

Ron LeValley has provided many images of our local birds. These have been divided into several javascript-based slideshows, which can be found here.

For more information about Christmas Bird Count, visit Audubon's website at

CAFB checklist Fort Bragg Circle Checklist 3-column Landscape (.PDF)
CAFB checklist Fort Bragg Circle Checklist 3-column Portrait (.PDF)
Fort Bragg Circle Area Descriptions (.PDF)
CAMN CBC Tally Sheet Manchester Circle Checklist (.PDF)
Rare Bird Documentation Documentation (.PDF)

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