Date: 12/23/19 1:39 pm From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Subject: [MDBirding] C&O count - current availability. ~One month out...
More info below. Detailed information for all aspects of the count are available on request...
FYI, A few sections of interest to FR & Mont counties are (milepost/milepost):
6/9 - may be near the Beltway/American Legion bridge
Further out: 94/95 96/97 100/105 112/156 179/182
In addition 29/31 may come free if a trip to Turkey comes through for the current place holder. In this case a backup person would be useful.
> ---------- Forwarded message --------- > From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> > Date: Fri, Nov 22, 2019 at 6:44 PM > Subject: C&O count - call for coverage > > Count dates for 2020: 1/25/20 thru 2/2/20 > > 2020 will mark the 3rd year of the count's rebirth following the end of DC > Audubon Society's [DCAS] sponsorship of the count in 2016. > > Every year there are far flung areas in Washington & Allegany counties > that lack coverage. In *2016 DCAS was unable to cover 22 miles in > Washington and 5 miles in Allegany county. In 2019 with the renewed count > still in its infancy the gaps were 34 miles in Washington and 23 miles in > Allegany county. Some of the individuals who had volunteered to assist in > these areas in 2016 included Mike Englar, Hans Holbrook, [first name > unknown] Epperly, June Tveekrem, Mary Huebner, Vern Gauthier, and Mark > Malec. I have no contact info for most of them, but they would be welcome > back as would anyone else reading this with an interest in birding the C&O > canal towpath in winter. > > The C&O Canal Trust has developed an excellent interactive Access and > Parking link for the entire towpath: [https://www.canaltrust.org/pl > an/parking-along-the-co-canal-3/]. Use it to determine ease of access to > any area of the towpath. > > *2016's count was encumbered with an historic blizzard on the day of the > count and many areas were never able to be surveyed. In part this was what > led to the expansion of the count period to the current 9 day window. > Other changes were also implemented with the goal of improving the data. > At over 180 miles in extent, the C&O count > rivals the coverage issues that prevent all State CBCs from occurring on a > single date... > > Jim Speicher > BroadRun/Burkittsville area > Frederick County MD > M.O.S. member, Washington Co Chapter > C&O count coordinator >