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Announcing the 2011 Park City CBC

posted by Tim Avery at
on Monday, November 28, 2011 

Utah Birders Park City Christmas Bird Count 
Sunday, December 18, 2011
8am - 5pm

We are pleased to announce the first ever Utah Birders Park City Christmas Bird Count and invite you to participate! The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a census of birds performed annually in December and January by volunteer birders. The purpose is to provide population data for use in science, especially conservation biology--though many people participate just for fun.

The 2011 Park City CBC will take place on Sunday, December 18, 2011 starting at 8am and going until 6pm (or until there are not more birds to be seen). We will split up into several teams to cover areas from Jordanelle north to Jeremy Ranch and from Summit Park east to Rockport and Peoa.

We will begin meeting at 7:30am in Park City at the Whole Foods at 1748 West Redstone Center Drive If you take exit 145 (Kimball Junction) on I-80 then go south the store is just east of hwy 224 just south of the interstate:


The Whole Foods will be providing a fruit tray for us to snack on before we head out for the day--you can also purchase other items for breakfast while we chat before heading out.  We will hand out checklists, maps and any other materials as well as breaking into teams if needed.

Each team will be led by a member of the Utah Birders that will help identify the species encountered and share some information about the birds along the way. For those interested we will meet at 6:00pm after at a location TBD to compile all the checklists and share stories from the day. 

The cost to participate is $10 per person or $25 for families of 3 or more. $5 will go to cover the cost from the National Audubon Society. From that you will receive a copy of the report the following spring detailing findings form CBCs across the country. The other $5 will go to our local charity that the Utah Birders sponsor. 

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at utah.birders@gmail.com or call Carl at 801-688-5017, Jeff at 801-842-4013, or Tim at 801-440-3035.

We hope to see you on the 1st ever Park City CBC!
The Utah Birders

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Blogger Tim Avery said...

Just as a note to anyone interested. We spent some time looking at possible locations that seemed like they should have a CBC and did not. Park City seemed like a great place to get Utah Birders out an birding a little bit more. Not a whole lot of people make it up there birding, and not a ton of birds are reported out of the areas around the city--but there is a ton of habitat and some great places to look for birds.

For instance we found around 50 ponds in the count circle area, as you can see on this map:

Ponds around the Park City CBC area

With all this water there are bound to be some open patches that will undoubtedly attract a number of birds. And these aren't places that birders really ever check in December (or at least post about). Throw in the sagebrush habitat, the aspen forest, conifers, two reservoirs, feeders, etc and this could make for a very interesting CBC.

The 18th of December doesn't interfere with any other CBCs, allowing participants to take part in the old ones as well as this new one if interested.

November 28, 2011 at 12:09 PM  

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