Walk the island from dawn to dusk listening, watching, counting. Enjoy the quiet time of year. Or sit in your recliner and watch colorful winter birds visit your bird feeder for a portion of the day. It all adds up with statistics from other birders around the country and participation is a lot of fun!
The Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count in the Lake Erie Islands Count Circle is on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Participants are needed on Kelleys, Pelee, and the Bass Islands that day. On South Bass, we need volunteers to listen for owls in the early morning, to travel the island bird watching during the day, and to watch their feeders at home. We are also looking for birders or feeder-watchers to help with Middle Bass and North Bass.
If you are interested in watching your feeders or traveling the island for all or part of the day, call Lisa Brohl at 419.366.2087 or e-mail at leiconservancy “at” gmail.com. Those on South Bass can meet at the Brohl residence (441 Mitchell Rd.) at 7:00 AM for coffee and strategy. We will get together for pizza and to share results after the count. Participation in the Christmas Bird Count is free and a lot of fun!
Contact Nancy Welter (nkw2329 “at” yahoo.com) or 419.341.5806 to participate on Middle Bass. John Pogacnik, the official Count Circle Compiler, will coordinate the efforts on Kelleys Island. Please correspond with him at jpogacnik “at” hotmail.com or with Tom Bartlett at hthomas.bartlett “at” gmail.com if you wish to help at Kelleys.