Frequently Asked Questions

Where do we meet the morning of the count.

Each area is assigned a leader and the leader will assign a time and place for your group to meet. If for some reason you have not been assigned an area, the morning of the count we will meet at Denny's on Shea at 6:00am. directions here

How do I contact my area leader.

Each area leader is listed on the leaders page with telphone number and email address click here

What do I need to bring with me on the count.

Contact your area leader for specific details, but in most cases you will need to bring plenty of water, a lunch and snacks. Many of the count areas require walking and hiking most of the day.

How long does the count last.

The count lasts the entire day. Most teams begin birding before sunrise and end around sunset. If you can not count the entire day, let your area leader know and arrangements can be made.

Will I do a lot of hiking.

Most, but not all areas require walking and hiking most of the day. Contact the count compiler, if you would like to participate, but you are not able to walk or hike long distances.

Do I have to pay a fee or for gas.

The count is free. However, it is customary to pitch-in for gas if someone else drives. About .50 cents per mile per person is normal.

Do I need to be an expert birder.

No. If you are a beginner or just starting out, that is ok. You will be placed in a group with a strong leader who will work with you. If you are a beginner, you can contribute in many ways, like driving, keeping track of miles driven and miles walked, and keeping track of temperatures and windspeeds.

Where is the compilation dinner.

Detailed information can be found on the homepage.

What forms do I need to fill out.

If you are an area participant, you will probably just need to fill out a form with your name and address. The area leader normally fills out the checklist form and the compilation form. For a compilers packet click here

Where can I find a checklist of the birds

A checklist of the birds. Click here

How do I get a copy of the Audubon Society Bird Count Issue.

You will need to contact the Audubon Society try the Bird Source Website here

Where can I find the dates of other bird counts.

For a list of bird counts in Arizona click here

How do I report a rare bird.

Rare bird reports can be printing a copy of the rare bird form here and giving it to your area leader

How do I participate as a feeder watcher.

A feeder watch tally form can be found here

If you have any questions contact me.

Kurt Radamaker - Compiler

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