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Padilla Bay Christmas Bird Count 2022 by Tim Manns

This year is the 123rd for the Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by the National Audubon Society and the nation’s longest-running community science bird project.  Each year between December 14 and January 5, volunteers across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands count bird species and individuals in almost 2,500 count areas.  Each area is a 15-mile diameter circle.  Skagit Audubon’s role in this large effort is organizing the Padilla Bay Christmas Bird Count, named for the location of the count circle’s center on the March Point peninsula by Padilla Bay.

The 2022 Padilla Bay Christmas Bird County will take place Friday, December 30th.  The count usually happens the last Saturday of the year, but this year that day is New Year’s Eve, and some long-time participants are not available.  After polling the area leaders, we’ve chosen a date that appears at this point to work for the greatest number.  We need additional experienced birders to fill a number of key vacancies this year.  For information about participating in this all-day, rain or shine survey, birders should contact Tim Manns (conservation@skagitaudubon.org or 360.333.8985).

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Skagit Audubon Society holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month except for the months of July and August. We meet at 7:00 pm at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center (Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

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