Idaho's Christmas Bird Counts

Submit details to Cliff Weisse

----------> American Falls Chuck Trost: or 208-233-4538

January 2, 2010
Post count tally and chili feed at my place (225 N. Lincoln, Poky) at 6:30 after the count. BYOB.  PVAS pays all fees.


----------> Bear Lake

Dennis Austin: 435-245-4177 / 435-245-5261

January 4, 2010
If you are interested in helping please contact him at 435-245-4177 or 435-245-5261, I'm sure he would be happy to have some help from Idaho birders. Bear Lake is in the far southeastern corner of Idaho and the closest town of any size is Montpelier. It would be interesting to find out what is in this corner of Idaho in the winter.


----------> Boise

RL Rowland: 208-336-9808 /

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Meet: 7 AM, for all day trip
Location: Boise, ID
Cost: $5
Meet at 7 am at the Idaho Fish and Game Department, 600 South Walnut, Boise. Bruce Ackerman 208-342-0896 Potluck dinner afterwards at Sue Nortonís house, 2529 N. Fry St., Boise 83704, 378-4248. For those who are unable to participate in the field on Count Day there is a bird feeder counting component to the CBC. Please contact RL for more information.

You're never far from a coffee shop or cafť on this count. Escape the Christmas shopping and help RL cover the varied habitats and neighborhoods in our capital city. Sue Norton will host the after-count chili dinner.


----------> Bonner's Ferry

Jan Rose: 664-5318 or

Friday December 21,2007
Check with Jan for time and meeting location


----------> Bruneau

Larry Ridenhour: 863-5596

Sunday, January 2, 2012
Meet: 7 AM, for all day trip
Meeting Location: Boise BLM Office
Cost: $5.00
Meet at 3948 Development Ave., Boise.

This is expedition quality birding around CJ Strike Reservoir and the Snake River from below the dam to Bruneau Dunes State Park. Be prepared for bitter cold and relentless wind (and great birds!). We will start at the CJ Strike bridge just before sunset to watch thousands of common goldeneye fly in for the evening. Then we will go to the Y Bar Cafe in Grand View, Idaho to compile numbers and exchange stories. Cost for dinner will be $8.00 - $10.00.


----------> Buhl

Bill Bridges:

Thursday Dec. 15, 2011
Contact Miriam for details.


----------> Coeur d' Alene

Shirley Sturts: 664-5318 or

Saturday December 18, 2010
Meet for Breakfast at 6:00 a.m. Michael D's Eatery or 7:00 a.m. to join your team


----------> Craters of the Moon

Mark Delwiche

Wednesday December 14, 2011
With the count circle at 6000 feet and some of us topping 7500, this one of the highest in the region. 
 By the way the circle is Blaine and Butte Counties so both Snake River and Prairie Falcon Chapters can include it.


----------> Garden Valley/Crouch

Gary Worthington 853-2599,

December 15, 2011
Meeting Place: Wild Bill's Coffee Shop(used to be Coffee & Cream) downtown Crouch at 7.30am.

We have the date set for the Garden Valley CBC and it is Thursday, December 15. This is a count with limited road access for vehicles so the majority of the groups will be spending some time hiking/snowshoeing/cross country skiing and maybe even one group rafting a mild stretch of the South Fork Payette. Our goal is and has been to get the highest total of American Dippers for the United States and maybe even all of North America. Contact me at if you are interested in joining us for this snowy mountain count.


----------> Hagerman

Sarah Harris: 208-734-2645 or

Sunday December 18, 2011
Plan to join fellow birders for a day of fun and some of the best winter birding in Idaho! The Hagerman Valley Idaho Count will begin at 8:00 AM (unless your group is owling) at the Highway #30 Rest Area just west of the WMA. We will undoubtedly see 80 to 90 species, a rarity or two, and thousands of individual birds (mostly waterfowl). Our count circle includes a 15 mile stretch of the Snake River, portions of Billingsley Cr., Riley Cr., Sand Springs, Ritter Island, Hagerman Fossil Beds, and the Hagerman Wildlife Management Area. The weather will be cold, windy, and possibly snowy. Warm food and drinks will await you at the compilation, to be held in Hagerman. Contact Sarah Harris for your count area assignment by phone (208)734-2645 or email (


----------> Howe

Kit Struthers: 208-529-2028 or

December 30, 2009 (tentative)
Contact Kit for details.


----------> Idaho Falls

Mark Delwiche: 208-525-9414 or

Saturday December 19, 2009
The Idaho Falls Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held on Saturday, December 19. The count area is a 15 mile diameter circle centered near the Idaho Falls airport.

We need birders in the field and people to keep track of the birds that come to their feeders. Birds seen during count week, the three days before and after count day, are also reported. If you would like to participate but canít come to the planning meeting, please contact Mark Delwiche at 525-9414 or There will be a $5 per person participation fee to partially offset National Audubonís costs.

I hope you can participateóeither in the field or at home watching your feeders!


----------> Indian Mtn

Don Heikkila 659-3389 or

Sunday January 2, 2011
(Harrison -Heyburn State Park)- Kootenai and Benewah Counties
Team organizers Shirley Sturts 664-5318 / and Lisa Hardy 783-1262 /
Meet and time - plans made will be made by each participating team


----------> Jarbidge, NV

Karl Ruprecht: 208-736-8648 or

Friday Dec. 16, 2011
Contact Karl for details.


----------> Jim Sage Mountain

Zeke Watkins: 208-731-1471 or

December 31, 2011
Contact Zeke for details.


----------> Lewiston / Clarkston Terry Gray: 208-882-1585  or

Saturday January 2, 2010
The 11th annual Lewiston-Clarkston count is being coordinated by Terry Gray. Everyone is welcome to participate. P l e a s e c o n t a c t T e r r y ( for information.


----------> Moscow, ID / Pullman, WA

Dave Holick: or
 Tom Weber:

December 19, 2009
The Christmas Bird Count is a fun day for both the birding enthusiast and the novice alike. Held between December 14 and January 5 each year, the CBC is an opportunity to see wintering birds rarely seen by most people. All count data is incorporated into a national database. This will be the 109th annual Christmas Bird Count and the Palouse Audubon Chapter's 38th year of participation. The count is being coordinated by Dave Holick and Tom Weber. Everyone is welcome to participate. Please contact
Dave ( or Tom ( for details.


----------> Nampa / Caldwell

Contact Name: Cheryl Huizinga
Phone: 880-5687

Saturday, December 17, 2011
Meet: 7:15 AM for all day trip
Meeting Location: Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, Nampa, ID
Cost: $5.00
Denise Hughes and Cheryl Huizinga will head up the Nampa Christmas Bird Count this year. Volunteers will count and record every individual bird and bird species seen in a specified circle 15 miles in diameter. The CBC reveals valuable scientific data, which have become a crucial part of the U. S. Government's natural history monitoring database.

All experience levels are welcome. Experienced birders are teamed with novices, and itís a good way for newcomers to learn and practice their skills.

We will split into area groups and start the count at 8:00 am. We will meet back at the Deer Flat NWR Visitor Center at 5:30 pm for Chili and Soup and tally up the count sheets.


----------> Pahsimeroi Valley Anna Means:

Saturday, December 27, 2008


----------> Pend Oreille John Stuart: 509-447-2644 or

Saturday December 22, 2007
We meet at Audrey's Restaurant on Highway 2 on the westside of Newport, WA at about 6:30 a.m. We carpool and put novices with experienced people so everybody has a good time. Meet at the same place about 4:00 p.m. for roundup and hot chocolate. Count includes 15 miles of the Pend Oreille River, mostly in WA; and associated conifer forest in the north and Little Spokane River on the south side of the circle.


----------> Pocatello Chuck Trost: or 208-233-4538

Saturday December 19, 2009
Post count tally and chili feed at Chuck Trost's place (225 N. Lincoln, Poky) at 6:30 after the count. BYOB.  PVAS pays all fees.


----------> Rexburg

Darren Clark: / 208-356-0026 (evenings)

Saturday, January 2, 2010
The Rexburg CBC is going to be held later than usual this year. We are going to hold it on Saturday, January 2, 2010. Anybody that is interested in helping out is welcome. Contact me for more information.


----------> Rupert Ron Lynch:

Contact Rob for details.


----------> Salmon Hadley Roberts:

Contact Hadley for details.


----------> Sandpoint Rich Del Carlo:

December 17, 2011
Meet at 5th Avenue Restaurant (corner 5th and larch) 6:30AM
Call Rich Del Carlo with questions 265-8989

----------> Spirit Lake Shirley Sturts: 664-5318 or

Wednesday January 5, 2011
Meet for Breakfast at 6: a.m. Rustler's Roost, , Hayden Lake Highway 95 and Hayden Avenue, or 7:00 a.m. to join your team.


----------> Sun Valley

Brian Sturges:

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Meet at the Picabo store at 7:30 am for assignment. We will regroup again at the Picabo store at 4:30 for tally. Contact Brian Sturges at for more information.


----------> Teton Valley Susan Patla:

January 3, 2010
Contact Susan for details.


----------> Trapper Creek

Miriam Austin:

Saturday December 24, 2011


----------> Twin Falls

Jeff Ruprecht: 208-733-9639 or

Saturday December 17, 2011


What are Christmas Bird Counts? Check out the National Audubon Society's CBC homepage.

Shirley Sturts has shared some Idaho CBC trivia with us:

The first CBC was in Moscow December 25, 1914
3 participants, 8 species of birds:

Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker
Merrill's Song Sparrow
Hepburn's Leucosticte
Gray-crowned Leucosticte
crossbill sp.
Short-eared Owl
Western Meadowlark
Pale Goldfinch

  The next Moscow CBC was in 1937
again 3 participants but this time 18 species were counted:
Mourning Dove
European Partridge
Northern Shrike
Horned Lark
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Dotted Canyon Wren
Cassin's Finch
Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco
Gambel's Sparrow
chickadee sp.
American Merganser
Pale Goldfinch
Ring-necked Pheasant
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)
Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker
magpie sp.
Song Sparrow