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Audubon News

Newsletter of Prairie Hills Audubon Society of Western South Dakota Inc.


December 2021

ANNOUNCING THE CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS The five-dollar fee has been dropped to encourage more par-
IN OUR REGION ticipation and the annual published report, (American Birds) pre-
viously available in paper has been made digital – see link:
https://www.audubon.org/content/american-birds-annual-
December 14th, 2021- January 5th 2022
summary-christmas-bird-count
Audubon's 122nd Annual
Christmas Bird Count (CBC) Links to CBC web pages:
https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-
This year, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count will mobilize bird-count
nearly 80,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,600 loca-
tions across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin To find a count near you on an interactive map:
America. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count utilizes the power https://audubon.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appi
of volunteers to track the health of bird populations at a scale that d=ac275eeb01434cedb1c5dcd0fd3fc7b4
scientists could never accomplish alone.
The censuses provide valuable data about the number of bird Other links:
species and numbers of each species occurring within set geo- SOUTH DAKOTA
graphic areas on an early winter day. The results are compiled https://phas-wsd.org/citizen-science/
into the longest running database in ornithology, representing 122 http://sdoubirds.org/SDOU/Calendar.aspx
years of unbroken data on trends of early-winter bird populations NEBRASKA:
across the Americas. http://www.noubirds.org/Activities/CBC.aspx
When combined with other surveys such as the Breeding Bird NORTH DAKOTA (This an old 2019 list:)
Survey, Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count provides a picture of http://www.ndbirdingsociety.com/customContent.php?seq=28
how the continent's bird populations have changed in time and &title=North Dakota Christmas Bird Counts
space over the past hundred years. The long-term perspective is MINNESOTA:
vital for conservationists. It informs strategies to protect birds and http://moumn.org/CBC/cal/calendar.php
their habitat, and helps identify environmental issues with impli- IOWA
cations for people as well. Christmas Bird Count data have been https://iowabirds.org/Connections/CBC.aspx
used in more than 300 peer-reviewed articles.
Again, this year’s 122nd Christmas Bird Count will be “CBC WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA's CHRISTMAS BIRD
Live,” a crowd-sourced, hemisphere-wide storytelling function COUNTS
using Esri mapping software. This “story-map” will ask users to
upload a photo taken during their Christmas Bird Count as well WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD
as a short anecdote to paint a global picture of the Christmas Bird COUNT,
Count in real time. 12/12/21 - CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW + WIND,
Birders of all ages are welcome to contribute to this fun, na- . Contact: Angela Jarding, angela_jarding@nps.gov ,
tionwide community science project, which provides ornitholo- (605)-745-1157,
gists with a crucial snapshot of our native bird populations during
the winter months. Each individual count is performed in a count STURGIS, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT,
circle with a diameter of 15 miles. At least ten volunteers, includ- 12/18/2021, no pre or post meetings
ing a compiler to coordinate the process, normally count in each . Contact: Vic Fondy - (605) 269-2553, rotciv31@gmail.com
circle. The volunteers break up into small parties and follow as-
signed routes, which change little from year to year, counting PIERRE/FT. PIERRE, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT,
every bird they see. In most count circles, some people also 12/18/2021, Bad weather alternate: 12/20/2021
watch feeders instead of following routes. Ricky Olson, tatanka40@pie.midco.net
Interested birders must arrange with the count compiler in ad-
vance to participate. RAPID CITY, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT,
12/19/2021
What to bring? Contact: Michael Melius, mmmelius@hotmail.com,
Participants should bring lunch, drinking water, warm cloth- 605-255-4766
ing and footwear. Binoculars, field guides and spotting scopes are
suggested, for those who have them. SHADEHILL, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, Page 1
12/20/2021, (605-651-1652)
Bad weather alternate: 1/3/2022
Contact: Greg Schonert, gregory.schonert@usda.gov Sioux Falls Christmas Bird Count,
Greg’s Phone: 701-989-7309 (office) 701-202-0833 (cell), Forest 12/18/2021
Service (Grand River District) 605-374-3592 Contact: Chris Anderson, canderson1@sio.midco.net,
605-254-2550
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD
COUNT, Sand Lake N.W.R. Christmas Bird Count,
12/28/2021 12/23/2021 (Change from 18th)
Contact: Nancy Drilling, dril0008@gmail.com, Contact: Lindsey Wickre, lindsey_wickre@fws.gov,
drillingn@yahoo.com, 605-791-0459. 605-228-8421,

SPEARFISH, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, Huron Christmas Bird Count,


1/2/2022, 12/18/21
Meet at McDonalds at 7:30 a.m. MT Contact: Ryan Thompson, ryemel4@santel.net
Contact: Daniel Bjerke, 605-381-0493, dlbjerke@midco.net
Yankton Christmas Bird Count,
HARDING COUNTY, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 12/19/2021
1/2/2022, Contact: Roger Dietrich - rogerd@iw.net,
Meet in the Tatanka Plaza parking lot in Buffalo at 8am 1947rogerd@gmail.com, (605) 660-6247,
Contact: Jessica Howell, 605-375-3218, jhowell@abcbirds.org
Mitchell Christmas Bird Count, -
PINE RIDGE RESERVATION, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD 12/26/2021
COUNT, Contact: Jeff Hansen, jeff.hansen.sd@gmail.com, 785-806-6917
Will happen, but date to be determined
Contact: Peter Hill, petermhill@yahoo.com, 605-441-9346. Canton Christmas Bird Count,
1/2/2021
PIEDMONT, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, Contact: Chris Anderson, canderson1@sio.midco.net,
It is not happening this season- 2021-22 605-254-2550
Contact: Gene Hess: gene@neopaleo.net,
Lake Andes Christmas Bird Count,
HOT SPRINGS, SD, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, It is not happening this season: 2021-22
It is not happening this season - 2021-22 Contact: Mick Hanan, mick_hanan@fws.gov, (605) 487-7603
Contact: Duane or Marie Weber - (605) 673-2032, Ext. 107,
mmcurtin@gwtc.net
SOME OTHER CBC DATES, NEAR SD BUT IN NEARBY
BISON, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT STATES:
It is not happening this season - 2021-22
Meghan Dinkins, meghandinkins@hotmail.com, Meghan.f.dink- Christmas bird counts in other states, that are near enough, that
ins@usda.gov SD folks may be interested in them -
We are especially interested those CBCs close to us in western
=========== SD:
EASTERN SOUTH DAKOTA's CHRISTMAS BIRD
COUNTS SOME OF NEBRASKA’s CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS

Waubay N.W.R. Christmas Bird Count, Scottsbluff, NE, Christmas Bird Count,
12/16/2021 12/14/2021
Contact: Nicole Heller - 605-947-4521, nicole_heller@fws.gov Contact: Kathy DeLara, renosmom@charter.net,

Madison Christmas Bird Count, Ponca State Park, NE, Christmas Bird Count,
12/16/2021 12/14/2021
Contact: Jeffrey S. Palmer, jeff.palmer@dsu.edu, (605) 256-5190 Contact: Bill Huser, BillFHuser@gmail.com, bhuser@suebee-
honey.com or 712-574-3107
Aberdeen Christmas Bird Count,
12/18/2021 North Platte, NE, Christmas Bird Count,
Contact: Gary T Olson - olsonfam@nvc.net, 605-885-6284 12/17/2021,
Contact: Thomas Walker, thomas.walker@nebraska.gov,
Brookings Christmas Bird Count, 308-530-7659
12/18/2021
Contact: Mary Pearson, margypearson1@gmail.com, Fort Niobrara, NE, Christmas Bird Count, Page 2
12/17/2021
Contact: Kristine Askerooth, kristine_askerooth@fws.gov Kane, WY, Christmas Bird Count,,
12/18/2021
Norfolk, NE, Christmas Bird Count, Contact: Christy Fleming: christy_fleming@nps.gov,
12/18/21 307-548-5406
Contact: Duane Wolff, duane.wolff@audubonmember.org, (402)-
841-0130, Dave Heidt, David Heidt, heidtdw@gmail.com, Buffalo, WY, Christmas Bird Count,
12/19/2021
Crawford NE, Christmas Bird Count, Contact: Deane Bjerke, bjerkedp@gmail.com,
1/1/2022
Contact: Bruce Walgren, piranga@bresnan.net, 307-234-7455, Guernsey/Ft. Laramie, WY, Christmas Bird Count,
12/19/2021
Harrison NE, Christmas Bird Count, Contact: Jane Dorn, 307-640-4002, linglebird@yahoo.com,
1/2/2021
Contact: Bruce Walgren, piranga@bresnan.net, 307-234-7455 Gillette, WY, Christmas Bird Count,
12/28/2021
Lake McConaughy, NE, Christmas Bird Count, Contact: Dustin Downey, 307.756.3941, 504.453.4139,
1/3/2022 ddowney@audubon.org,
Contact: Stephen Dinsmore, cootjr@iastate.edu, 515-294-1348
Sundance, WY, Christmas Bird Count,
12/30/2021,
SOME OF NORTH DAKOTA’s CHRISTMAS BIRD Contact: Jen at 307-283-2467, ravenssong18@gmail.com,
COUNTS
Story-Bighorn, WY, Christmas Bird Count,
Long Lake N.W.R. ND, Christmas Bird Count,, 12/30/2021
12/14/21 Contact: Ariel Downing: at 307-751- 2303,
Contact: Mike Rabenberg, mjldrab@gmail.com bandgeek832@gmail.com, Christy_Fleming@nps.gov

Tewaukon N.W.R., ND, Christmas Bird Count, Bates Hole, WY, Christmas Bird Count,
12/17/2021 1/1/2022
Contact: Patrick Fitzmorris, patrick_fitzmorris@fws.gov, 701- Contact: Hustace "Stacey" Scott, hustace@gmail.com, call
724-3598 ext 2, 701-212-0175 cell Stacey at 307-262-0055
or Charlie at 307-473-2512
Bismarck-Mandan, ND, Christmas Bird Count,
12/19/2021 SOME OF IOWA’s CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS
Contact: Corey Ellingson, crackerjackbirder@bis.midco, 701-
400-5891 Westfield, IA, Christmas Bird Count,
12/16/2021
Medora, ND, Theodore Roosevelt N.P. South Unit, Christmas Contact: Bill Zales, doczales44@hotmail.com
Bird Count,
1/2/2021 Sioux City, IA, Christmas Bird Count,
Contact: katherine_sedlacek@nps.gov, (701) 623-4730, ext. 12/18/2021
1416, Kevin Melzo, kevin_melzo@nps.gov, Contact: Jerry Probst, probstsuebee@aol.com, 712-490-8256,

Theodore Roosevelt N.P., North Unit Christmas Bird Count SOME OF MINNESOTA’s CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS
Unknown
Contact: Kevin Melzo, kevin_melzo@nps.gov, 701-623-4730 Pipestone N.M., MN, Christmas Bird Count,
ext 1403 1/2/2022
Contact: Garrett Wee, garrettwee@hotmail.com, (507) 829-8187
SOME OF WYOMING’s CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS
Hendricks, MN, Christmas Bird Count,
Sheridan, WY, Christmas Bird Count, 1/4/2022
12/18/2021 Contact: William A. Schultze, bcbrats@itctel.com, 605-479-3015
Contact: Annie Dunn, anniegitterdunn@gmail.com,
(253) 307-9082. SOME OF MONTANA’s CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS

Casper, WY, Christmas Bird Count, Miles City, MT, Christmas Bird Count,
12/18/2021 12/19/2021
Contact: Bruce Walgren, piranga@bresnan.net, 307-234-7455, Contact: Jennifer Muscha, jenmuscha@midrivers.com,
or Stacey Scott at hustace@gmail.com or (307) 262-0055 406-951-2799 Page 3
Prairie Hills Audubon Society (PHAS) is a Chapter of the National Audubon Society; our territory is much of West River SD.
Nancy Hilding - President, nhilding@rapidnet.com, 605-787-466 or 6779, Jim Petersen -Vice-president, nfearndesire@gmail.com,,
Helen McGinnis - Treasurer, hissyhelen38@gmail.com, Doris Respects Nothing - Secretary, drn.6501@gmail.com, Jedediah Beadle
-Board member, field trip chair, jedediahbeadle@gmail.com, PHAS web site : http://phas-wsd.org/ - We have a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/phas.wsd/ PHAS blog: https://phas-wsd.blogspot.com/ Our e-mail address is phas.wsd@rapidnet.com.

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PHAS is run by volunteers. To reduce mailing expenses & use of volunteer time, PHAS is trying to send as many announcements by e-mail as
possible. Please help us keep you informed by giving us your phone number and e-mail address. We are recruiting new Board members, contact
any current board member if interested.
UP-COMING EVENTS National Audubon’s Climate Watch
Inside the newsletter you have notice of the January 15th-February 15th, 2022
Christmas Bird Counts in our area, that occur from
Climate Watch is sponsored by the National Audubon So-
Dec 14th-January 5th.
ciety (NAS) & takes place during two distinct seasons—winter
We plan to have Zoom member’s meetings in (January 15-February 15) and summer (May 15-June 15). Like
the last weeks of January, February & March but we the Christmas bird count this is a chance to help create “citizen
don’t have the details locked down yet. science” via birding. Volunteers are needed for SD.
We would normally co-host a cracker barrel in Volunteers select a grid of 10 km x 10 km to bird in.
Vounteers bird at 12 spot in their grid on one morning. They fol-
Piedmont on the second Saturday in February
low protols and send the birding data collected to the National
(2/12/22) - this is an annual event. However due to Audubon Society (NAS).
Covid19 this meeting may be a Zoom meeting or hy- Climate Watch focuses on 12 target species: Eastern
brid face-to-face/Zoom meeting. Bluebird, Mountain Bluebird, Western Bluebird, White-breasted
The SD legislature starts on Jan 11th. During the Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch,
Pygmy Nuthatch, American Goldfinch, Lesser Goldfinch,
legislature we sometimes have informal weekend
Painted Bunting, Eastern Towhee, and Spotted Towhee. They are
meeting(s) to discuss bills & what is happening in studying how climate change impacts these species.
Pierre (or not). We may schedule other informal Link to the Climate-watch program on the NAS web page:
meeting(s), that are announced only by e-mail and/or https://www.audubon.org/conservation/climate-watch
on website to work on campaigns we follow. Please Climate watch instructions for participants:
https://www.audubon.org/news/participant-resources-cli-
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