[birding] Polk Co. migration count will be on Saturday, September 20th

Joel Geier joel.geier at peak.org
Wed Sep 3 07:45:25 PDT 2008

Hi again everyone,

So far no one's expressed a strong preference as to dates for the Polk
Co. migration count (some have said either day is OK)), but it turns out
that Benton Co. (Marcia Cutler) will go on Sunday, September 21st.

So to make it easier for volunteers who might want to help in both
counties, let's go with Saturday, September 20th for Polk Co.

If you can help out, please let me know which part(s) of the county
you'd like to cover. We can use help just about everywhere.

541 745-5821

P.S. Chuck & Steve, I'll get these two dates (for Polk & Benton) up on
the OFO web page this morning, and you can have them for ECBC's web
page. Any others coming in?

On Mon, 2008-09-01 at 12:36 -0700, Joel Geier wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> Could you please let me know if you'd be interested in birding in Polk
> County on either Saturday, September 20th or Sunday, September 21st?
> I'm trying to schedule the Polk Co. part of the North American Migration
> Count. We have the choice of those two days. I'll go with whichever day
> looks like we can get the most participation.
> Volunteers are welcome to participate either as "field counters" or as
> "feeder counters," whichever you are most comfortable with.
> Being a field counter means that you pick a part of the county that
> you're interested in, and spend the day or a few hours looking for birds
> (either by yourself or with a friend or two). You try to identify and
> count as many of the birds as you can that you see, then send in your
> totals (also keep track of miles traveled and hours spent birding,
> whether on foot or by car/bicycle/kayak etc.).
> To be a "feeder counter" means that you spend part of the day watching
> birds around a feeding station in your yard (you can count any birds
> that you see while doing this, even if they don't necessarily come to
> feeders). You keep track of the number of hours you spend paying
> attention to birds, and also the maximum number of individual birds for
> each species that you see at any one time. For example, if you see two
> Black-capped Chickadees come to your suet feeder in the morning, and
> then see a group of five in the afternoon, you would record five Black-
> capped Chickadees for your count.
> For more information on the migration count, see:
> http://www.oregonbirds.org/2008_migration_count.html
> This count will also be happening in other mid-Willamette Valley
> counties (for sure Lane, Linn, Benton, and Yamhill, and I think Marion
> Co. too), so the coordinators for the other counties will no doubt also
> be asking for volunteers.
> By the way, if anyone else is ever keen to coordinate for Polk Co. I'd
> be happy to pass on the job. Roy Gerig has done this for many years and
> wanted to take a break last time around, so I've been filling in. But if
> someone else is interested to take over (or Roy, if you ever want to
> jump back in), I certainly wouldn't suffer from a lack of other things
> to do!
> Thanks & happy birding,
> Joel
> P.S. Roy & Bill, I know I'm missing a few people who've helped with Polk
> in the past. Would you mind passing this on to anyone else you can think
> of who might want to help?
> --
> Joel Geier
> 541 745-5821
> joel.geier at peak.org

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