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It's almost time for the 120th National Audubon Christmas Bird Count!

To prepare for our local two circles' counts, there are two meetings scheduled:

For the Manchester Circle, Monday, December 9th, 7PM at the Gualala Community Center 47950 Center St, Gualala, CA 95445.

For the Fort Bragg Circle, Monday, December 16th, 7PM at the Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420.

On Sunday December 29, 2019, 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 Saturday, January 4, 2020, it's time to count again, this time from Elk to Point Arena, for 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.

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 encouraged 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. If you're planning on attending the dinner and you participated 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. Please bring your own drinks. If you have dietary restrictions, you should bring your own meal.

To participate:
For the Fort Bragg count, contact the count compiler Tim Bray at 707 734 0791 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 Johanna Jensen at 964-8163 or email

The National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count Page
Bird Counting 101

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)
Feeder/Yard Watch Instructions Feeder/Yard Watch Instructions (.PDF)
CBC Feeder/Yard Watch Checklist Feeder/Yard Watch Checklist (.PDF)

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