Fall 2020 "Virtual" Virginia Big Day
Leader: Dave Youker
HRBC Members get ready for some birding fun! On Saturday, 7 November, 2020, HRBC will conduct a "virtual" Virginia Big Day. Typically a Big Day is when a person tries to see as many birds as possible in a single day. But with our virtual Big Day, every member can participate.
Here's how it works. Bird anywhere in Virginia from your backyard to your favorite birding spots. Bird as little or as long as you'd like. But you only need to count the number of different species...not the number of each species. At the end of your birding day, send your single list to
Dave Youker at email@example.com. I'll consolidate the lists and provide a summary of our HRBC Big Day.
Feel free to provide a few photos of your day, and we'll get them on our Facebook page and website. We'll discuss this Big Day at the October meeting and send a reminder as the day gets closer. In the meantime if you have any questions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Spring Bird Count
The date for this year's HRBC Spring Bird Count (SBC) will be Saturday, April 25. Please email me if you would like to participate and if you have a preferred sector. The center points of the sectors can be found on the map below.
The HRBC has been conducting the SBC since 1995. Please join us in being part of this citizen science effort to support bird conservation. It’s
great fun and a great way to help conserve the birds -and for new members, a great way to be introduced to some of the best birding sites in our region.
The typical sector count spans most of the day, but some counts only go for a few hours. Don’t hesitate to participate because you don’t feel you’re
proficient enough at identifying birds - sector counts are led by our more experienced birders. You can contribute by adding more eyes and ears to help detect the birds for identification (and counting). It’s a lot of fun and you’ll be building your identification skills as well. If you can't participate in a field count, feeder-watching from your own home is another way that you can support this effort. Please let me know if you are interested!
For HRBC members, signup sheets and the sector map will be available at the March 19 meeting. Or just reach me, Bill Boeh, at 757-951-7959 or email@example.com.
2020 Winter Bird Count in Newport News Park
Winter Count of Newport News Park
Saturday, 7-10 AM, January 25, 2020
The 2020 Newport News Park Winter Count is a dedicated HRBC survey which is not tied to larger state or country-wide campaign. As with previous years there will be 5 sectors, each with a leader who is responsible for keeping the count on ebird. The sectors are:
Section 1: Campground
Section 2: West of Constitution Ave.
(Ranger Station Lakeside)
Section 3: East of Constitution Ave. (Arboretum/Discovery Center)
Section 4: White Oak Trail
(Swamp Bridge to Spawning Pond)
Section 5: Golf Course/Bluebird Trail
The support of scientific birding is a central focus of our club. In December and May we lead counts for each species over the entire lower Peninsula. The twice a month Sunday walks at the park provide information not covered in the December/May counts. Although useful to list the species seen, the Sunday records do not provide the numbers of individuals seen.
A sign-up sheet showing the five sectors will be passed around at the January meeting. Or you can contact me by phone or email (home 757-873-0721, cell 757-660-3405, firstname.lastname@example.org). The groups will meet at the large shelter by the Ranger Station at 7:00 AM and review assignments. The groups will return to the shelter by 10:00 AM to share coffee and donuts and discuss the mornings sightings. This is an easy, fun activity.
Results of the 2019 Winter Bird Count - Click Here
Results of 2019 HRBC Spring Bird Count - Click Here
Results of 2019 Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Click Here
Results of 2018 Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Click Here
Photography by Dianne Snyder
The efforts of 48 observers (the vast majority of which were HRBC members) resulted in the observation of 18,568 birds comprised of 123 species.