Sunday, October 28, 2012

Dates for 2012 Christmas Counts Announced!

The dates for this year's Nicaragua Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) have been set, and birders of all ages, nationalities and skill levels are welcome and encouraged to participate.  Last year's counts featured almost 40 new species not previously recorded, and the 2011 El Jaguar count tallied a record 197 species in a single day!

The annual Sierra de Managua CBC will be held on Friday, December 28, 2012, with teams covering Montibelli, Chocoyero, Finca El Nisperal, and the Masaya Volcano National Park.  Last year's Sierra de Managua CBC tallied 108 species, including 13 species of overwintering migratory warblers and many birds typical of the Pacific Dry Forest endemic zone.  Please contact Sally Gladstone if you are interested in taking part in the Managua CBC.

The annual El Jaguar CBC in Jinotega will take place on Sunday, December 30, 2012, with teams covering the 120-hectare El Jaguar cloud forest reserve as well as nearby sites such as the pine-oak forest above San Rafael del Norte and the open grasslands and wetlands surrounding Lago Apanas. Contact Liliana Chavarria for more information and to sign up.
Both CBCs are free of charge.  Overnight lodging at El Jaguar is also free, though a $25 donation is requested to cover the cost of the four meals (Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, lunch and dinner) provided to participants.  If possible, please bring your own binoculars, water, and field guides, though spares may be available in some cases.

See you in December!  Hasta diciembre!