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Christmas Bird Counts

Panhandle Counts

December 14, 2022 - January 5, 2023

Compilers, please send your dates and updates to Susan Billetdeaux, webmaster@houstonaudubon.org

  • 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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    Compiler: Dan Novak, dannovak@mac.com

  • Lubbock County (TXLU)

    Contact Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson, fattonybirds@gmail.com, telephone (806) 252-1213, if you wish to participate. Team leaders will meet with their members at 7:30 AM, counting will go on until 5:00 PM, and team leaders will deliver the materials to me as soon as is possible thereafter. I generally divide the circle into eight areas, need eight team leaders, and could use as many counters as sign up.

    It is possible that we will have hit a point with COVID-19 by the time the counts roll around that I will feel comfortable with potlucks/countdowns but, for the time being, I am planning on dealing with the countdown aspect of the counts as I did last year (team leaders will turn the materials over to me and I will do a virtual countdown - on-line - as soon as is possible thereafter). Individuals will have to decide, as teams, how they wish to deal with carpooling, masking, etc ... I, personally, encourage folk who are in enclosed spaces with people outside of their COVID pods to continue wearing masks. Observers do not have to be terribly experienced (all of the team leaders are solid birders) and this is a great opportunity for birders at different skill levels to learn from one another. we are having an interesting year, weather-wise, and I think all of the counts will offer up at least a few surprises.

  • Matador WMA (TXMW)

    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)

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

  • Muleshoe NWR (TXMU)

    Contact Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson, fattonybirds@gmail.com, telephone (806) 252-1213, if you wish to participate. The Muleshoe NWR CBC will (pending approval from refuge personnel) be held on Sunday, 19 December 2021. We will meet where we are told to meet at 7:30 AM, will bird until lunch time, and leaders will turn the count materials over to me before we head back to Lubbock. I usually divide this refuge-restricted count into four areas, need four team leaders, and could use as many counters as sign up.

    It is possible that we will have hit a point with COVID-19 by the time the counts roll around that I will feel comfortable with potlucks/countdowns but, for the time being, I am planning on dealing with the countdown aspect of the counts as I did last year (team leaders will turn the materials over to me and I will do a virtual countdown - on-line - as soon as is possible thereafter). Individuals will have to decide, as teams, how they wish to deal with carpooling, masking, etc ... I, personally, encourage folk who are in enclosed spaces with people outside of their COVID pods to continue wearing masks. Observers do not have to be terribly experienced (all of the team leaders are solid birders) and this is a great opportunity for birders at different skill levels to learn from one another. we are having an interesting year, weather-wise, and I think all of the counts will offer up at least a few surprises.

  • 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)

    Saturday, December 18, 2021
    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)

    If you are interested in participating, please contact Ben Skipper, bskipper@angelo.edu, 325-486-6622.

  • White River Lake (TXWR)

    Contact Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson, fattonybirds@gmail.com, telephone (806) 252-1213, if you wish to participate. At the request of several participants who have New Year's Eve plans I have moved this count from a Saturday to a Sunday. We will meet at the marina at 7:30 AM, will bird until 4:30 PM (or so), and I will gather the materials from the team leaders before we leave for Lubbock. I generally divide this circle into five areas, need five team leaders, and could use as many counters as sign up. Last year, several of us got together (masked and distanced) and camped at the lake the night before - that may well occur this year.

    It is possible that we will have hit a point with COVID-19 by the time the counts roll around that I will feel comfortable with potlucks/countdowns but, for the time being, I am planning on dealing with the countdown aspect of the counts as I did last year (team leaders will turn the materials over to me and I will do a virtual countdown - on-line - as soon as is possible thereafter). Individuals will have to decide, as teams, how they wish to deal with carpooling, masking, etc ... I, personally, encourage folk who are in enclosed spaces with people outside of their COVID pods to continue wearing masks. Observers do not have to be terribly experienced (all of the team leaders are solid birders) and this is a great opportunity for birders at different skill levels to learn from one another. we are having an interesting year, weather-wise, and I think all of the counts will offer up at least a few surprises.

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