Date: 12/6/18 12:32 am
From: David Bailey <davidcbaileyoregon...>
Subject: [obol] Re: new CBCs
Does a map exist depicting all current and past count circles for the State
of Oregon?

On Wed, Dec 5, 2018, 23:00 Alan Contreras <acontrer56...> wrote:

> The advent of the Gresham “test run” CBC prompted someone to ask me where
> Oregon should add new CBCs to cover areas that need it. There are two
> really obvious places:
> 1. Hermiston/McNary. By far the biggest hole. No count touches the
> Columbia between the mouth of the John Day River and Tri-Cities,
> Washington. This is over 100 miles. The McNary-Umatilla area is the best
> birding on the Columbia east of Multnomah County and also contains Cold
> Springs NWR, some good spots along the Umatilla River and the Columbia east
> and west of the dam, and some ag land and open space to the south. It is
> stuffed with waterfowl and raptors. It’s low elevation, too, with a few
> wintering warblers. My guess is that there are enough birders within 50
> miles to do that count. Hey, I even have a nice circle drawn !
> 2. Treasure Valley: something in the Ontario area. There are no counts
> touching the Snake River lowlands between Nampa and Lewiston, except for
> the new Pine Valley count around Richland in Baker County, which at least
> covers some of the backwaters and lowlands. Two counts ran for a short time
> in the 1990s, Vale and Lower Owyhee. Both were short-handed and
> short-lived. Something based in the Ontario-Payette area would likely draw
> a few more people and have access to more habitat.
> Other possibilities include:
> 3. A restart of Gold Beach, which ran about a dozen years in the 1960s and
> 70s. This would be tough, as the south coast counts are already gasping
> for observers. If we can’t keep Coos Bay, Reedsport and Port Orford going
> annually (all three are having trouble getting enough observers), adding
> more would not be a good idea.
> 4. Diamond Lake or somewhere around there. This was run casually once or
> twice in the 1980s or early 90s. It would be a nice data comparison to
> Santiam Pass, which ran long enough to generate some data. There are
> probably enough observers to do this, as Roseburg does not have many nearby
> counts.
> 5. Waldport-Yachats. A nice area but mid-coast observers are pretty
> committed already. Doesn’t add much in terms of different habitat
> coverage. The same applies to Pacific City, which ran for a couple of
> years in the 1990s.
> 6. Lakeview. Great idea. It has actually been done a couple of times.
> But no way to get enough observers there.
> 7. A restart of Fort Klamath. This is a sort of dark horse. It was run
> decades ago. It would probably have some interest from K Falls, Bend and
> maybe Medford and Roseburg. Get three people from each of those and you
> just about have a count, given the limits of winter roads. Quite a varied
> and interesting area.
> The bottom line is that counts can only be done where birders are
> interested in doing them. That’s why NW Oregon is cheek-to-jowl with
> counts. Our first priority should be keeping existing counts alive IF
> their existence is providing useful data for the CBC database (and if
> birding there is fun).
> A great season coming - have fun !
> Alan Contreras
> <acontrer56...>
> Eugene, Oregon

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