2020 Spring Bird Count
The count will be held April 25, 2020. Further information will follow when available.
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 Pending
December 14, 2019
Leader: Bill Boeh
The Hampton Roads Bird Club’s (HRBC) Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) takes place just two months from now, on Saturday, December 14, 2019. By supporting this effort you’ll be participating in the nation's longest-running citizen science bird project; the first count was conducted in 1900. HRBC first participated in the CBC in 1952, the year after the Club’s inception. 2019 marks the 120th CBC and the 68th year that HRBC has participated. Our club has observed and recorded over 1,511,800 birds since 1952!
Why is this important? Birds are not doing well. You are probably aware of the reports that came out recently regarding staggering losses in North American bird populations since 1970. The following are excerpts from obtained from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website pages:
Nearly 3 billion birds gone since 1970: The first-ever comprehensive assessment of net population changes in the U.S. and Canada reveals across-the-board declines that scientists call “staggering.” All told, the North American bird population is down by 2.9 billion breeding adults, with devastating losses among birds in every biome. Forests alone have lost 1 billion birds. Grassland bird populations collectively have declined by 53%, or another 720 million birds.
How to help: To understand how birds are faring, scientists need hundreds of thousands of people to report what they’re seeing in backyards, neighborhoods, and wild places around the world. Without this information, scientists will not have enough timely data to show where and when birds are declining around the world. Enjoy birds while helping science and conservation: Join a project such as the Christmas Bird Count.
So here’s your opportunity to help! Participation entails counting birds in one (or more) of 13 sectors in our Newport News Circle. Typically counts are conducted throughout the daylight hours (but that’s ultimately up to each sector leader). But don’t worry if you can’t participate for the full day; go ahead and volunteer even if you can participate for only a few hours.
If you can’t join the field effort, you can still contribute by conducting a “feeder count”—you simply record the birds you observe in your yard on the count date. We had very few participate this way last year—would like to do much better in that department this year!
So, please sign up at the October or November Club meeting, or contact me (call or text 757-951-7959 or email at email@example.com). It’s great fun and a great way to help conserve the birds!
For more about the CBC visit the Audubon webpage: http://www.audubon.org/conservation/join-christmas-bird-count
Results of 2019 HRBC Spring Bird Count - Click Here
2019 Winter Bird Count in Newport News Park Pending
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.