Millport Slough birding

Our mission is to encourage residents and visitors to protect and enjoy the native birds,
other wildlife, and habitats found on the Central Oregon Coast.

IN THE NEWS

LOCAL

"Erosion Control with Native Plants" ~ Thursday, December 6th 5-7pm ~ Lincoln County OSU Extension Office, Newport At this free workshop you will learn about benefits of using native plants for erosion control. More info...

LSWCD Plant Sale ~ Friday-Saturday, December 8-9th, 9am-3pm ~ Newport High School Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District's annual plant sale. More info...

Christmas Bird Counts

Tillamook Bay - Saturday, December 15th
Lincoln City - Sunday, December 16th
Yaquina Bay - Sunday, December 30th
More information on this page and on our calendar page.

REGIONAL

Whether you are a resident state birder or a visitor, you might be interested in finding out what birds were sighted where in the state and when. Click here for up-to-date reports from the OBOL (Oregon Birders Online).

If you are interested in signing up to receive Oregon bird sightings reported to OBOL, click here.

eBird includes reports of birds seen locally and around the world. For recent reports and places to bird in Lincoln County, click here. For Tillamook County, click here.

Want to know the status of bird migrations? Check out BirdCast, the realtime migration forecast by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

NATIONAL

Did you know that, in a legal opinion issued December 2017, the current administration abruptly reversed decades of government policy on the implementation and enforcement of the Migratory Birds Treaty Act (MBTA)?

Oregon has joined seven other states challenging attempts to eliminate longstanding protections for waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds under the MBTA. Read about the states' challenge and National Audubon's efforts at www.audubon.org/news/ ...

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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Injured birds, dead mammals, poaching,
call: State Police: 800-452-7888

Injured Birds along central OR coast, call
Harry Dodson (Lincoln City) 541-921-0048

Injured Bird and Mammal Rehab Centers:
Chintimini Wildlife Center (Corvallis) 541-745-5324
Wildlife Care Center (Portland) 503-292-0304
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center (Salem) 503-540-8664
Wildlife Center of the North Coast (Astoria) 503-338-0331

Injured Raptors
Cascades Raptor Center (Eugene) 541-485-1320

Christmas Bird Count ~ It's for the Birds!

All skill levels and ages are welcome...don't fret if you are a beginning birder as this is a perfect opportunity to learn more about our local birds while participating in this free citizen science event. During the Christmas Bird Count volunteers tally as many species and number of individual birds as they can from sunup to sundown. Considered the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world and led by the National Audubon Society, Christmas Bird Count data provides critical data on bird population trends. We are fortunate to boast three count circles in our area: Tillamook Bay CBC, Lincoln City CBC, and Yaquina Bay CBC.

Christmas Bird Count gathering

Tillamook Bay CBC
Saturday, December 15th

This will be the 55th consecutive year for the Tillamook Bay count. Long-time compiler Owen Schmidt has handed over the reins to James 'Jimmy' Billstine, teacher at Neah-kah-nie High School and president of the Oregon Birding Association. This year, pre-registration is required. This count is sponsored by the Audubon Society of Lincoln City.

Lincoln City CBC
Sunday, December 16th

The Lincoln City count circle, like all others, is 15 miles in diameter. We've divided ours into seven sectors (see map). If you love birds, join us for breakfast at 6:30 at Sambo's, Lincoln City or count birds in your own backyard. This count is sponsored by the Audubon Society of Lincoln City.

Yaquina Bay CBC
Sunday, December 30th

The 46th Annual Yaquina Bay Christmas Bird Count is quickly approaching and we need your help to serve on a field team or to conduct a feeder count. The Yaquina Bay count is within a 15 mile diameter circle that extends from Yaquina Head southward to Seal Rocks and eastward to Toledo. This count is sponsored by the Yaquina Birders and Naturalists.

Christmas Bird Count collage
Clockwise from top-left, Downy Woodpecker, Bald Eagle, Barred Owl, Red-breasted Merganser, American Coot (Photos compliments of Ernie Rose)

Field counters need to dress for Oregon coast weather. Mud boots or sturdy shoes are recommended. Bring your own optical equipment, water, and lunch or snacks (most teams do not stop for lunch.)  ​If that sounds too strenuous, or you just don't have the full day to spend, you can participate as a backyard/feeder counter if you live in one of the count circles (see maps below). Note that all participants must pre-register. Contact information is provided on our calendar page.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Christmas Bird Count (CBC)?
It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across many countries in the Western Hemisphere count birds over a 24-hour period on one calendar day.

What is a Count Circle?
It is a designated 15-mile (24-km) diameter circle in which birds are surveyed each year on count day.

Where can I count?
If your home is within the boundaries of one of the count circles (see map), you can stay at home and report the birds at your feeders, in your yard, or flying overhead on count day. If you want to join a team in the field, you need to register with the CBC coordinators using the contact information provided on our calendar page.

When can I count?
Any time from midnight to midnight on the date of the count in your area.

What equipment or tools do I need?
A pair of binoculars, a checklist of local birds, and a good bird book. Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America is one example. In Lincoln City, a simple checklist will be emailed to you prior to count day.

How do I report?
It’s easy! If you are counting in your backyard, we will provide you with a simple checklist that you can fill out and email to the CBC coordinator listing each species (e.g., Chestnut-backed Chickadee), how many you saw and your time (see “My count” and “My time” below). If you are with a team in the field, your team lead will have a checklist for the team.

My count:
Look for the maximum number of each species visible (or within earshot) at any one time. For instance, if you see 5 chickadees on your feeder at once, and a few minutes later a single chickadee flies by after the 5 are gone, don’t add another to your count.

My time:
Report how long you spend counting birds. If you count on-and-off during the day, keep a tally of time spent so you have an accurate total at the end of the day.

Christmas Bird Count map

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