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2012 Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

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Volunteer to assist with the 2012 Havasu National Wildlife Refuge Christmas Bird Count on December 28, 2012.

The Havasu Christmas Bird Count (CBC) has been held every year since 2001, when Norma Miller decided it was time to have a count circle centered in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. Since that time the number of participants has risen steadily and hit an all-time high during the 112th CBC with 45 individuals divided among 10 teams.

This year the Havasu CBC will be held Friday, December 28. The CBC circle encompasses Courtwright Rd. (Mohave Valley) to the north, Golden Shores to the east, Needles, CA, to the west, and Topock Gorge to the south.

Participants are assigned to teams that canvas a given area by car, kayak, motorboat, foot, or any combination of these modes of transportation.
Most teams begin their count at dawn and finish approximately 8 hours later. Each team has a team leader who is familiar with the assigned area and local birds. It is not necessary that all the participants be expert birders in that volunteers are needed to help spot birds in the field as well as document sightings.

It is suggested that participants bring the following for the day’s outing: water, snacks and a lunch, a pair of binoculars, a spotting scope (if available), a bird field guide, a camera, a notebook, and pencil. The morning temperature is usually near freezing, and the afternoon temperatures may reach the 60s or low 70s. It is best to dress in layers. Keep in mind we do often get rain this time of the year, so it is advised to check the weather forecast for the day.

If you have any questions or would like to sign up to participate in the 2012-2013 Havasu CBC, contact DeeDee DeLorenzo at 928-758-2707 or email her at

2012 Christmas Bird Count

December 28, 2012

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2012
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