Did you know that the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen science survey in the world? This year marks 115 years of devoted birdwatchers looking to build community and contribute to valuable data sets. Just over a week ago Ashland hosted its annual Christmas Bird Count and counted a grand total of 114 species! There were some great mountain birds observed, such as Townsend’s Solitaire, Williamson’s Sapsucker, and American Dipper, and four new species were added to the count circle. Perhaps the greatest new addition was the Great Gray Owl!
Ashland was the only count circle in Oregon to observe a Great gray Owl. Want to add the great gray ghost of the north and other mountain specialties to your year list? Registration for the 2015 Mountain Bird festival goes live on the Klamath Bird Observatory website February 6th! Click here for the 2015 Mountain Bird Festival Flyer. Hope to see you there!