Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society coordinates two regions for the annual National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count – Otsego County and the Fort Plain region. These counts take place in late December each year (the Fort Plain CBC is typically held on the Saturday following Christmas).
*As of 2012, there is no longer any fee to participate in this project.
2016: Saturday, December 17 – Oneonta Christmas Bird Count (CBC):
This is our 48th year of participating in the national count. Everyone, novice or experienced, is welcome to join us on this fun day. Small groups in one or two cars count all the birds they find in
their assigned area, within our designated 15-mile radius circle centered around Milford, for whatever hours they choose.
Each group has a leader who will have received appropriate materials beforehand. Alternatively, instead of joining a group, you can count birds at your own feeder off and on throughout the day if you are within our circle. If you are a new counter for either the group counts or the feeder counts, please contact Sandy Bright at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-287-4465. People who have participated before will be contacted.
2016: Saturday, December 31 – Fort Plain Christmas Bird Count (CBC):
All are welcome to participate regardless of birding experience. There will be a potluck after the count. For information contact Bob Donnelly: email@example.com or 607-264-8156
View Maps for the Fort Plain Christmas Bird Count.
DOAS also oversees participation in the New York State Ornithological Association Winter Waterfowl Count in our region. To help with this survey, please contact DOAS Board Member, Andy Mason.
The NY State Ornithological Association’s annual statewide waterfowl count. DOAS covers Otsego Lake and the Susquehanna River above Unadilla, the Unadilla River, and Cannonsville Reservoir and the W. Branch of the Delaware River. This effort involves surveying waterways where they can be seen, and identifying and counting ducks and geese. The totals are used by the Department of Environmental Conservation in managing these species over the upcoming year.
Anyone interested in helping with the census, please contact Andy Mason, (607) 652-2162, AndyMason@earthling.net.
We also encourage members to participate in other Citizen Science Projects including: