Sonoma Birding - Preparing For The SV CBC

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Be Prepared & Have Fun!
Sonoma Valley’s CBC is Friday - December 30, 2015 (Dawn to Dusk)
Contact Compilers with questions or phone Gene Hunn at 707-981-7301

Being Prepared for our SV-CBC Can Makes a Great Difference For A Teams Success & Pleasure!

Our Goal is to celebrate this century old CBC tradition of a full day birding adventure throughout Sonoma Valley and Petaluma followed by a great potluck dinner celebration at the end of the day. Collectively we work hard, prepare and have fun! Sonoma Valley is ranked among the very best "inland" CBC's in the United States and we desire quality birding participation and teamwork resulting in good "citizen science". This takes thoughtfulness, advanced planning and...skin in the game! Everyone Counts! We’ve averaged 170 species annually. So much depends on good coverage, tides and weather conditions. We now have good benchmarks by area.

Fall migration is a good time to get the binoculars and bird guides out and brush up your skills so you add value to your team and insure quality results. Don't wait to the last minute. Did you check out your Area Results on the spreadsheets over the past six years? What species did we miss in your Area?

Tide Chart

• Tabulation Pot Luck Dinner Follows the Count! (It is the best!)

Andrews Hall - Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma 95476 (off the plaza)

• What to Bring is based on your birthday - 4 Seasons!

Winter - main dish (we have a kitchen for warming)
Spring - dessert
Summer - appetizers
Fall - Salad or side dish

We supply a variety of drinks. You can also bring wine or what you like!

Our Birding Leaders - Expert Birding Leaders are critical to our success. They are volunteering and in charge of birding a specific Area or route and appointing leaders. Advanced scouting and planning makes this day work. Please do your part to be prepared early.... Help with land access, show up on time, be a serious listener, spotter, recorder or counter. Review the bird list and brush up on your skills. Teams strategically move through an assigned area to achieve the very best results possible in a very few hours of daylight. We also encourage birders to ID owls pre-dawn and at dusk beginning right after midnight on 12/29. Teams are often on private property that requires special advanced permission, manners and respectfulness.

• Compilers Role - We put the baseball league together to play this one game season. We help leaders creates 30-40 balanced birding teams in the circle. We supply the official maps and required materials to team leaders. We call land owners and promote the event.The final tabulation is presented at the end of the dinner celebration by 7:15PM and then sent to National Audubon. As Compilers we do the best we can to place people where they can be most helpful to the overall "citizen science" effort.

• Typical Team - 3-7 people. Small balanced teams cover lots of territory and find birds! Non birders are drivers and measure distances traveled, record the birds, spot, count, listen and of course support our experienced birders.

• Cost - None

• Weather - We are an "all weather" bird count just like the birds! Fair weather birders will enjoy helping with the dinner celebration at the end of the day. Safety is an important factor always. The rest of us go out and bird the conditions.

• Count Day
- Is a 24 hour period to find and record our birds.

Count Week (CW) - Begins at midnight 3 days before and after count day. We record these birds separately but this is very important in case we don't see the specific bird on count day.

Feeder Watch - for those unable to get around or have a tight schedule. Rule is simple - set up a time period or two and record the maximum number of species see at any one time as your maximum count. Send us your full contact information with your results through this website on New Years Day. Results. This is a line item to the total count. Come to the Tabulation Celebration Pot Luck at 4:30PM!

Other Stuff - When do we see the most birds - Most bird species are best seen and heard very early in the morning and late afternoon. That is why we get up and out at the crack of dawn to identify lots of bird species. Check out last two years results for your Area on the home page!
- What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, quiet clothing, Binoculars, bird guide, water, walkie talkies if you have them snack for lunch and an adventurous attitude. Teams enjoy a break for lunch and review of strategy for the afternoon. (phones don't work in many remote areas).
- Participants may hike/walk/canoe or bike through lots of unique terrains - comfort & warmth is critical -good shoes or boots, layers, sun/rain gear & comfort matters. We drive and measure distances to get to destinations.
- Be familiar with your bird guides, for quick ID’s
- Practice sighting birds with your optics (always lift your glasses to your eyes) while watching the bird.
- listening is critical to finding the birds
- Study the area your assigned.