Christmasbird count set for Dec. 30

Published on Thu, Dec 21, 2006 by Jack Kintner

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Christmas bird count set for Dec. 30

By Jack Kintner

The 107th annual Christmas bird count (CBC) will take place in Blaine and neighboring areas in South Surrey and White Rock on Saturday, December 30. Our local count is conducted under the auspices of the White Rock and Surrey Naturalists, which is part of Bird Studies Canada, the Canadian partner of the U.S. based Audubon Society.

The counts are useful in surveying bird populations and to make the data collected by the 50,000 or so birders all over North America as reliable as possible the areas for counting and the times are rigidly controlled. Each counting area is a carefully proscribed 15-mile circle, and no birds may be counted that are outside the area’s perimeter, even if by only a few feet.

Blaine is in a specified counting area that is centered in Canada near the intersection of 176th Street and 32nd Avenue. It’s designed to include important birding areas such as Ocean Park, Blackie Spit, Crescent Beach and the Serpentine Fen in B.C. and Drayton Harbor, Semiahmoo Spit, Semiahmoo Bay, Marine Drive and some of the beaver ponds and natural areas east of Blaine along H Street road.

The group will meet, rain, snow or shine, for orientation and to divide up assignments in the Blaine count area at 8 a.m. on December 30 at Big Al’s Diner on D Street.

The count lasts until mid-afternoon. Binoculars are essential and most teams will have at least one person with a birding scope, especially those that will be covering shorebirds and sea birds in places like Drayton Harbor.

For more information call Viveka Ohman at 604/531-3401, or e-mail her at