The National Audubon Society’s 116th annual Christmas Bird count is now underway. And so is their every five-year census of the bird species that live and breed in Sonoma County. The leaders of that effort explain how it works in this archival North Bay Report from last March. Their most recent effort is now in its final stages.
The birds’ behavior offers clues as to whether they are nesting nearby or not, says Madrone Audubon Society President Gordon Beebe.
By updating the atlas every 20 years, the birdwatchers can track changes in the local avian population over time. One notable difference in this census, says Beebe, is the arrival of an invasive dove species.
The three-mile blocks that the Audubon Society has difficulty accesing to survey are shown in yellow on the map below. Property owners who are willing to allow their lands to be visited for this purpose should contact the Madrone Audubon Society via their website or by calling (707) 479-0108.