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Powell River Christmas Bird Count – 2020

Sub-areas within the Powell River (BCPO) count circle

Hi Everyone, it’s time to start planning for the 2020 Christmas Bird Count!

This year’s count will be held on Saturday, 19 December.  If the weather looks really terrible, we’ll go on Sunday (the 20th) instead.

As you can see, our “circle” is comprised of several sub-areas.  Some have been traditionally done by the same people, and in some years we have pooled areas #1 and #2.  Another (Westview #4) has typically been subdivided into “sub-areas “.

The Powell River (BCPO) circle in context.
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The map is pretty, but not very useful.  This image from Google Earth at leasts helps to put our circle into context.

Large portions of the BCPO circle never get counted because observers generally stick close to roads.

More useful maps based on the Powell River Tourism street map can be downloaded by clicking on the images below:

Page 1: (Areas #5, #4 and part of #3) Page 2: (Areas #1, #2, #3 and part of #5)

The data sheet  (link is at right or click here to download it) should print nicely on standard 8½ x 11″ paper (4 pages).  I use the columns to record “stops”.  Some other people just give me a daily total.  I don’t mind which method you use…but make sure you tell me what you did!

Personally I find it interesting to map the “hot spots” and these I record on my smart phone with a Powell River Cycling map and Avenza PDFmaps…it’s easier to do this than you think!

I’ve now been in touch with all the “sub-area” coordinators:  Thank you Clyde, Heather, David, Iwan and John for making my job much easier…and for being such pleasant people.

We now have something like 10 feeder-watchers.  I’ll map those too as the data come in.

More soon, Andrew