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The 116th Christmas Bird Count will take place December 14, 2015, through January 5, 2016.

Bridgeport — Thursday, December 18
Counters will meet at 7:00 am at the Subway shop in the Brewster Marketplace at 907 US highway 97. There will be a dinner following at a location TBD. Contact Meredith Spencer for more information merdave@homenetnw.net

Leavenworth — Sunday, December 20
Groups will meet on their own before the count, then gather to compile lists at 4:30 pm in the Sunroom in the large house at Wenatchee River Institute at Barn Beach Reserve, 347 Division Street in Leavenworth. There will be snacks and prizes for Best Bird, Most American Dippers and more. Contact Gretchen Rohde for your group selection before December 15 at design@thedesignranch.com, 393-0088

Twisp — Sunday, December 20
Participants will sign up for their routes beginning at 6:30 am on December 20 at the Cinnamon Twisp Bakery, 116 North Glover Street in Twisp. Baked goods, coffee, and tea will be available for purchase. Bring binoculars, warm clothes, a lunch, and field guides. Optionally, bring snowshoes, skis, and spotting scopes. A potluck dinner and tally of the day’s count will follow at Art Campbell and Michelle Dewey’s at 5:30. Bring a dish to share. For more information, contact Carmen Vanbianchi at 423-202-0829.

At right: Icy branches on Lookout Mountain. Photo by Teri Pieper.

Chelan — Monday, December 28
Meet at 7:00 am at the Apple Cup Cafe in Chelan for breakfast and to be assigned to one of the seven groups that will be formed. At the end of the day, meet at about 4:15 pm at the Lake Chelan Methodist Church for a hot meal and to report species counts. Last year there were sixteen participants who found 70 species, below the average of 78 species. The count of individual birds was 7052, considerably below the average of 10,373. And not a single Red-breasted Nuthatch! They also reached new low counts of Ring-necked Ducks and Dark-eyed Juncos. With more eyes searching, they are bound to do better this year! So please contact Steve Easley at 682-2318 or seasley@nwi.net by December 10. If you honestly are not yet sure if you can attend, Steve would appreciate a ‘definite maybe’.

Okanogan-Omak — Saturday, January 2
Meet at Heather Findlay’s house at 2050 James Avenue, Okanogan at 6:30 am and meet back there for the end of day count and chili feed. Bring binoculars, lunch and warm clothes. Car pooling will be arranged at 6:45 am for a departure at 7 am, sharp to find birds. Partial day participants are welcome. Gordon Kent has moved to the Seattle area and Julia O’Connor has agreed to be the new CBC compiler. She will provide maps and checklists. For more information, contact heather@eaglesun.net.

Wenatchee — Saturday, January 2
Participants can meet at Smitty’s Pancake House on North Wenatchee Avenue at 7:30 am or contact Dan Stephens ahead of time at 682-6752 or 679-4706 or dstephens@wvc.edu.

Traveling this holiday season? There are CBC’s all around the state. Find out more at www.wos.org. Or search the National Audubon website, www.audubon.org for sites all over North and Central America.