St. Joseph County
Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 20, 2014
On Saturday, December 20, 2014 South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society will hold its 71st Annual South Bend Christmas Bird Count. Feeder and field counters are needed for this to be a successful count. If you live within 7.5 miles (as the crow flies) of the intersection of Michigan and Washington Streets then you can be a feeder watcher on the 20th.
Please record the maximum number of individuals of a species that you see at your feeder at one time. The best times to watch are early morning, around noon and evening.
Email or telephone your count to Vic Riemenschneider (574-272-8262 or vriemens@ earthlink.net). If you want to participate in the field count, either contact me or one of the sector leaders: Southeast Sector - Bob and Linda Leliaert (574-546-2558); Southwest Sector - Scott and Lindsay Namestnik (574-231-9706); Northwest Sector -Vic and Marge Riemenschneider; Northcentral Sector - Dick and Louise Fessenden and Northeast Sector -John and Alice Bentley (574-289-3932).
We will have a potluck supper after the count to compile the field totals at 5:30 p.m. at the Riemenschneider residence.
Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, January 3, 2015
The South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society and the Elkhart County Parks are calling upon volunteers to assist with the 19th Annual Elkhart County Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, January 3, 2015. Local citizens can help by participating one of two ways:
Field Observers will be assigned an area and given maps to count birds within a designated part of Elkhart County. Teams will bird by car and foot from dawn to dusk. Participants should dress for the weather, and bring binoculars and field guides. Field observers will meet at Ox Bow House Shelter in Ox Bow County Park on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. Ox Bow County Park is located at 23033 County Road 45 in Dunlap.
In addition, the Elkhart Environmental Center will offer a guided bird hike beginning at 9:00 a.m. for beginning and intermediate birders.
Feeder Counters can count birds in their yards. Participants must count the highest number of species seen at once in your yard on count day. Feeder counts can take place anytime throughout the day.
The Elkhart County count circle extends from the state line on the north to Waterford Mills on the south end, and includes the towns of Bristol, Middlebury, Goshen, and eastern portion of Elkhart. The center of the 7.5 mile radius for the count circle is the intersection of County Roads 18 and 23.
Bird watchers are encouraged to contact Ronda DeCaire with the Elkhart County Parks at 574-535-6458 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register their name, address, and phone number and e-mail address for the January 3, 2015 bird count.
A soup dinner will be held after the count at the One Room School House at Bonnyville Mill County Park.
Saturday, January 10
SBEAS Wildlife Sanctuary
Meet Brian Miller and Vic Riemenschneider at 8:30 a.m. at the South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society Sanctuary, 59395 Clover Road, Mishawaka. This will be a great opportunity to see some of our winter birds as they visit the feeders. We usually have a good variety of birds, including woodpeckers, White-Breasted Nuthatches, Brown Creepers, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadees, Northern Cardinals, Blue Jays, and White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows. We will have spotting scopes set up to see the birds UP CLOSE & PERSONAL. Not only will the feeders be filled, but also hot drinks and donuts will be available and we will have a fire in the stove to help keep us warm.
Lake Michigan Birding
Saturday, January 24
I thought to try something a little different this month by traveling to Lake Michigan to look for winter ducks, gulls, Snow Buntings and other winter birds. We will start at New Buffalo and stop at other lookouts as we drive north along the lakeshore. Depending on the weather and the birds, we may drive as far north as St. Joseph and Tiscornia Beach. Needless to say, bring layers of clothing and be prepared for cold winds and some possible unusual sightings. This trip will be a few hours long, so we will plan to stop for lunch as we travel north. We will meet in South Bend in the Meijer parking lot on Portage Road at 8:30 a.m. Look for my red truck north of Jimmy John’s and McDonald’s.
If you have any questions about our field trips, contact Brian Miller at (574) 291-0804 or email email@example.com.
The mission of the South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society is to promote stewardship of our natural resources with a special emphasis on birds. We achieve this goal through education, conservation, activism, philanthropy and fellowship with others having similar goals.