Christmas is coming, and so are the bird counts!
We hope you'll join one (or more.)
Locally, RRAS sponsors five Christmas bird counts within an hour and a half’s drive of Humboldt Bay, and we always need birders to help with the count. To participate, please contact the count “compiler” for the area where you’d like to spend the day birding (see below). The compiler will match you with others based on your birding identification skills, or you can team up with friends who are birders.
Another way is to tally the birds that visit your feeders during the day and send your results to the contact person for that area. Check Audubon’s webpage ( and click on the map view link to see visual representations of local circles. Contact compilers early, as dates may change due to poor weather.
Beginners are welcome!  
Del Norte County  -  This circle includes Crescent City, Tolowa Dunes State Park, Smith River mouth, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.
Abbrev: CADN
Compiler: Alan Barron
Location: (-124.17, 41.84)
Count Date: Sunday, December 17, 2017

Pre-count meeting at the Crescent City Denny's, 0630 Sunday morning. Thank you!
Tall Trees  --  This circle includes Orick, Humboldt Lagoons State Park, a large part of Redwood National Park, Redwood Creek mouth, and part of Bald Hills Rd.
Abbrev: CATT
Compiler: Kenneth Burton
Location: (-124.01, 41.21)
Count Date: Tuesday, 1/2/2018
 Arcata  --  This circle includes Mad River mouth, McKinleyville, part of Arcata Community Forest, Arcata, Bayside, Indianola, Eureka, and the North Spit.
Abbrev: CAAR
Compiler: Tony Kurz
Location: (-124.16, 40.87)
Count Date: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Centerville Beach to King Salmon  --  This circle includes South Spit, King Salmon, Fields Landing, lower Elk River, Fortuna, Ferndale, Centerville Beach, Eel River mouth, and Loleta.
Abbrev: CACB
Compiler: Sean McAllister
Location: (-124.24, 40.64)
Count Date: Sunday, 12/31/2017

Countdown meeting (& dinner) is being held at the Village Pantry Restaurant on Broadway in Eureka from approximately 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Willow Creek  --  This circle is centered near Willow Creek, and includes part of Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation and Six Rivers National Forest.
Abbrev: CAWC
Compiler: Melissa Dougherty
Location: (-123.67, 40.95)
Count Date: Saturday, December 23, 2017

Thank you for your interest in the Willow Creek Christmas Bird Count! We are fortunate enough to have wonderful habitat diversity in our area which allows us to attract many different types of birds. Continuing and first-time participants are warmly welcome to join us for this fun day out!
There is no pre-count meeting, just contact me at (530) 859-1874.
There is an optional-only count afternoon (1:00pm) meeting at Big Rock Day use area. Dinner tally meeting will occur at 5:00 pm at the Bigfoot Restaurant.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Ph 530-859-1874. Email or