CHPAS Dates to Remember: December

Christmas Bird Count: December 19.  Be a field observer on your own, whether birding on one of Cheyenne’s Greenway Trails, city parks, or even at your home feeder. 

House Finch
House Finch

If you are interested in participating, contact Grant Frost, 307-343-2024, so that he has a list of those expected, so that he can let you know if the plans change for any reason.  Grant will have a list of regular spots within our count circle and will encourage people to spread out to specific areas so that we can have good coverage of all hotspots first thing in the morning.  If you are doing an area assigned by Grant, please start there by 8:00 a.m.  

Record numbers of each species you observe and the amount of time and distance you walk or the amount of time and distance you drive.  Keep track of where and when you saw species of note so that we can tell if you counted the same bird or flock as someone else. 

No matter where you bird on December 19th, please keep social distancing in mind, wear a mask if you are near others, and be safe.  The birds need you! 

A virtual tally party will be held at 7:00 p.m. on December 19th.  Flicker 2019

More information about our circle of coverage and other instructions can be found in the December issue of The Flyer, available here

Country Club Bird Survey: December 26th, 8:00 a.m.   Contact Chuck Seniawski to take part or to be on his email notice list: 307-638-6519 or chuckski@aol.com. The count will start in the Country Clubhouse’s main public parking lot. 

Guernsey/Ft. Laramie Christmas Bird Count: December 27th.   If you are going to join this count, please let Jane Dorn know at 307-640-4002.  Also call her if the weather turns nasty; she will set an alternate date. Bring water, lunch, warm clothes, binoculars, and a scope if you have one, and whatever you need for a day watching birds at Guernsey State Park, Ft. Laramie National Historic Site, the Oregon Trail Ruts and Hartville.  

Birding on your own or watching your feeders? The center point of the 7.5-mile radius count circle is where Highway 26 crosses the Goshen County/Platte County line.  Please send in your results ASAP to the count compiler, Jane Dorn, 307-640-4002, linglebird@yahoo.com.   Anyone in the neighborhood of the count area is welcome to meet Jane at 8 a.m. at the Ft. Laramie Post Office, or at 9:30 a.m. at the main entrance to Guernsey State Park.

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