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Christmas Bird Counts

Panhandle Counts

December 14, 2020 - January 5, 2021

Compilers, please send your dates and updates to Susan Billetdeaux, webmaster@houstonaudubon.org
For counts which have no dates, the descriptions are from the previous year. Because of the pandemic, dates are tentative. Please check with the compiler for the latest updates.

  • Abilene (TXAB)

    If you would like to participate, please contact Dolores Owens at sd.owens@suddenlink.net. Meet at Aldersgate United Methodist Church at 6:30 AM. For more info please email Dolores.

  • Amarillo (TXAM): 12/19

    Saturday, December 19, 2020
    Open to all participants. Please preregister! All are welcome of course and we can always use more birders. The count circle includes Lake Tanglewood, Camp Don Harrington and Palo Duro Canyon State Park. For further details and to sign up for this count, email Tom Johnson at thomlj1951@gmail.com or 806-622-2656.

  • Big Spring (TXBS): 12/14

    Monday, December 14, 2020
    The count circle includes part of the city of Big Spring, the city park, the state park, and Moss Lake. Everyone is welcome to bring your birding buddy. We will meet at 7:30 am at the entrance and parking area of Big Spring State Park. For details, please contact compiler Bill Lupardus at billlupardus79707@gmail.com.

  • Buffalo Lake NWR (TXBL): 1/2

    Saturday, January 2, 2021
    Open to all participants. For details, contact compiler Tom Johnson at thomlj1951@gmail.com .

  • Canadian River (TXIV) - compiler needed

    Trey Barron, the former compiler has moved away and is trying to find a new compiler. If you can help, please contact him at trey.barron@tpwd.texas.gov.

  • Lake Meredith (West) (TXLW) - canceled

    This year's count canceled due to the pandemic. Compiler: Dan Novak, dannovak@mac.com

  • Lubbock County (TXLU): 12/19

    Saturday, December 19, 2020
    Note: due to the pandemic, the count will be held with only local participants. This region is currently a hotspot and travel to the area is not recommended.
    Contact Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson, fattonybirds@gmail.com, telephone (806) 252-1213, if you wish to participate.

  • Matador WMA (TXMW): 12/18

    Friday, December 18, 2020
    We will meet at 7:00 AM at the Matador WMA headquarters office in Paducah, TX, Cottle County. Please contact Caroline Ellison (Caroline.Ellison@tpwd.texas.gov, 806-492-3405) prior to the count to get your assignments and instructions. The Matador WMA is located 7 miles north of Paducah on HWY 83, then west on FM 3256 for 2 miles. (Map & Directions).

  • Midland (TXMI): 12/19

    Saturday, December 19, 2020
    Sponsored by the Midland Naturalists. Please call 432-853-5318 or email Pat Hunter at pcthunter@hotmail.com.

  • Muleshoe NWR (TXMU): 12/20

    Sunday, December 20, 2020.
    Note: due to the pandemic, the count will be held with only local participants. This region is currently a hotspot and travel to the area is not recommended.
    Contact Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson, fattonybirds@gmail.com, telephone (806) 252-1213, if you wish to participate.

  • Quitaque (TXQU)

    The Quitaque count includes Caprock Canyons State Park. Compiler: Pam Allison (Psallison@earthlink.net). Meet at the entrance to Caprock Canyons SP at 8: 45 AM.

  • Robert Lee (TXRL): 12/15

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020
    Sponsored by the Midland Naturalists, Robert Lee, in Coke County, is about 40 miles N/NW of San Angelo and includes East Spence Reservoir, Mountain Creek and its reservoir, surrounding fields and mesas. State Highway 158 runs through town. Some areas involve birding from roads through private land. We will meet at Rangel's Café on the main street of Robert Lee (Hwy 158) 8:00 AM on that day. All are welcome but please contact the compiler at least a week in advance. Be prepared for cold or wet weather. A scope, if owned, is helpful. For more details email compiler Mary Stortz, fussywren@yahoo.com, 432-770-7769.

  • San Angelo (TXSG): 12/20

    Sunday, December 20, 2020
    As you may have suspected, 2020 will bring some change to our count this year. Audubon is requiring that we follow all local, state, and national guideline protocols with respect to social distancing, etc. The greatest changes will be that: 1) we will not meet to tally the count at the end of the day and 2) carpooling is not allowed except with persons who are normally in your day to day contact circle. If you are interested in participating, please contact me ASAP (bskipper@angelo.edu, 325-486-6622) so that we can divide up the count circle. It is my intent to assign count areas prior to count day so that we can keep contact to a minimum. On the morning of the count, I'll have packets (checklists, data sheets, maps, etc.) for each participant. These can be picked up at the Cavness Science Building parking lot on the Angelo State University campus at the corner of Dena Drive and Johnson Street at 7:15 AM. You should prepare by bringing warm clothes (layers are best), a sack lunch, some water or other beverage, and of course binoculars. As always documentation will be crucial for unusual species, so please bring a pen/pencil, notebook, and your field guide. Please be aware that photographic evidence is now virtually required by our new regional editor.

    After the count is completed (approximately 5:00 PM) I'll collect all data sheets at the Cavness Science Building. If you have any questions, you may contact me at 325-486-6622 during the day or text or call me at 806-319-2238 during the evening hours. I can also be contacted via email at bskipper@angelo.edu.

  • White River Lake (TXWR): 1/2

    Saturday, January 2, 2021
    Note: due to the pandemic, the count will be held with only local participants. This region is currently a hotspot and travel to the area is not recommended.
    Contact Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson, fattonybirds@gmail.com, telephone (806) 252-1213, if you wish to participate.

  • BP
  • Chevron Retiree Association
  • Citgo
  • Entergy
  • Kinder Morgan Foundation
  • Land Sea & Sky
  • Shell Oil Company Foundation
  • Strabo Tours
  • Tropical Birding
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