Species Counts

Members of the Red Deer River Naturalists take part in the May Species Count and the Christmas Bird Count. We have recorded the data by decades as listed in the links to the left. Interested persons can access the databases by clicking on the appropriate decade. There are gaps in the data, especially for 1984 and 1985. As old records are located, these gaps will be filled. To date, data for the 70’s is only available for 1978 and 1979.

The area surveyed is centered around Red Deer. It extends approximately to Raven in the west, Alix in the east, Lacombe in the north and Bowden in the south.

Permission is hereby granted for any or all of this data to be used by interested persons as they wish if Red Deer River Naturalists is given credit as the source.

You can take part in the species count. Get a printable copy of the Christmas Bird Count Tally Sheet

Central Alberta Christmas Bird Count

Our count is held on the Sunday before Christmas, but please check Coming Events for any changes. You can also check the December Newsletter for up-to-date details. A potluck supper follows for participants at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre.  Everyone is invited to take part in this event.

Join the Red Deer River Naturalists and Kerry Wood Nature Centre in the Christmas Bird Count (CBC).

CBC starts at 9 a.m. and continues to 5 p.m. You can also OWL (count before 9 or after 5) if you wish. There is no minimum time limit, and you can watch your feeders, or count birds on foot, skis, or by car. Just be sure to count within a count circle (zone). Please the Nature Centre (403) 346-2010 to sign up and let them know where you wish to count. This will avoid overlap and duplication.

The day will end with a delicious potluck supper at the Nature Centre beginning at 6 p.m. Bird Count participants are invited to attend. Please bring your own dishes, cutlery, mug and a potluck dish for the meal. Please be aware that the food provided will not be made in commercial kitchens. Also, please avoid potentially “hazardous” foods. For example, having a potato salad that is not refrigerated properly is not a good idea. Coffee and juice will be provided. A short program will follow at 7 p.m.

If you are not attending the potluck supper, please phone your results in to the KWNC (346-2010) at the end of your Count or no later than 5:30 p.m. Please be sure to fill in all the required information on weather, kilometres, hours spent watching, etc. We need your tally sheet – even if you called in your results – for our final compilation. Please drop them off to Judy at the Nature Centre or mail them before Dec. 29, 2006 to Red Deer River Naturalists Box 785 Red Deer T4N 5H2.

If you have any questions, please call Judy Boyd (346-2010 during the day or 342-4150 at night). Thanks for participating in CBC 2009 – you will be collecting data for the biggest and longest-running bird census in the world!

You can record any interesting or unusual bird seen any time during the Count Week (three days before and three days after the official Count Day). Please make sure, though that you mark down when and where you saw the bird and what the bird was doing (ie. flying south or sitting in a bush.)

Good Birding!