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MARK YOUR CALENDAR for , Wednesday, December 30, 2020 as planned date for the 22nd consecutive Cachuma CBC. We will be following the directions issued by Audubon for holding CBC’s during the Covid-19 Pandemic. As of now (December 14, 2020) we plan to proceed. Please note the information below provided by Audubon:

Audubon will fully support any compiler who decides to cancel their count for this year. If a compiler would like to proceed with the CBC, they must abide by the guidelines below. 

Dear CBC Compilers,

First and foremost, we hope this message finds you and your loved ones well. We are living through unprecedented times, but the most important things are still those we choose to spend our time with.

Due to the COVID19 outbreak, this year’s Christmas Bird Count will require a few changes if your count is to take place at all. The two options for Christmas Bird Count compilers are as follows:

Option 1: Run a COVID-19 safe and socially distanced CBC, if local rules allow. [Must wait until November 15 at the earliest to choose this option in order to better understand status of COVID outbreak in your region during the CBC.]

Option 2: If option 1 is not possible, cancel this season’s CBC for your location. [Can choose this option now if you wish.]

If you choose option 1, below are the guidelines that we urge you to follow:

  1. Wait until November 15 at the earliest to confirm CBC will take place, if local regulations allow.
  1. Cancel all in-person compilation gatherings.
  1. Social distancing and/or masking are required at all times in the field.
  1. Carpooling may only occur within existing familiar or social “pod” groups.
  1. Activities must comply with all current state and municipal COVID-19 guidelines.

If you feel it is not safe to move forward with your CBC and choose option 2, please know that Audubon fully supports your decision to cancel. The safety of our compilers and community scientists will always be our top priority.

If you would like to take some more time before deciding whether or not to move forward with the 121st Christmas Bird Count, please do so and check in with us around the beginning of November once you have made your decision.
One note: There will be little to no impact on the scientific value of the Christmas Bird Count by missing or altering one count season. So again, we urge you to prioritize your safety and the safety of others when making your decision.

(END OF Audubon note related to Covid-19.)

The 2020 Cachuma CBC is nearly upon us. We are busy collecting names of birders wishing to participate, scouting areas and identifying new areas to cover for the count. We will soon be in touch with many of our past participants and are in the process of assigning areas. We will be in touch with everyone regarding assigned areas approximately a week before count day, but we don’t expect to surprise anyone.

This web site will serve as a place where folks can go to view the count circle and areas where you might wish to count, grab maps of your survey area, and download data forms. We will communicate by e-mail primarily, but don’t hesitate to call Peter Schneekloth at (805) 245-7749.

Some of our regular winter visitors have arrived such as Mountain Bluebirds, Ferruginous Hawks, Prairie Falcons, Kinglets including a Golden-crowned, various sparrows and Sapsuckers including at least one Red-naped. If you have a chance to get out and scout please let us know even if you are not finding things that seem interesting. This can help others focus their scouting efforts on areas which have not yet been scouted.

If you wish to participate and have not already been in touch with us please do so as soon as possible. This will make our planning efforts much easier. There is a HIGH likelihood we will cap the number of birders we have participate.

The center of the circle is at 34.65010  -119.95160. This is a point on Happy Canyon Road approximately 7 miles NE of highway 154.  The circle’s radius is 7.5 miles.  If you have and use a GPS unit, your service is especially valuable scouting or counting in the outer reaP1050102 smallches of the circle. Link to Count Circle Map

Indicate please:                                                            Outcrop north of De la Guerra Spring

a)     your interest and availability in counting for a half day or a full day,
b)     the area in which you would prefer to count,
c)     your interest in hiking in remote or high elevation areas of the circle,
d)     if you want to be alone or part of a team, and
e)     if you will have a mobile phone and GPS in the field.

And please give us your best contact, and cell phone number for use on count day.

Peter Schneekloth
December 14, 2020