Christmas, Spring and Crane Counts
1. Christmas Count: The McHenry County Christmas Count is part of the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count that has been conducted for over 100 years. McHenry County Audubon’s 15 mile circle is centered in Bull Valley near the corner of Bull Valley road and Cold Springs Road. Our volunteers attempt to cover all good bird habitat within that circle. Members drive, watch feeders, walk, or some combination thereof from dawn to dusk. All sightings are then collated for a total reported to National Audubon. New participants are welcome. Contact Rob Gough at firstname.lastname@example.org to take part.
2. Spring Count: The Illinois Audubon Society sponsors a statewide bird count during the first Saturday after May 3rd. The goal is to survey the entire county for all birds. Group leaders divide up the county to make sure all good habitat is surveyed. Birds are counted by walking, driving, and watching feeders from dawn to dusk. Results are then collated and sent to the state. New participants are welcome. Contact Rob Gough at email@example.com to take part.
3. Crane Count: The International Crane Foundation coordinates a Crane Count on a Saturday in mid April. The goal is to identify all nesting sites of sandhill cranes in McHenry County. The process involves staking out good marsh habitat from 5:30 am – 7:30 am. All cranes sighted or heard are documented. Many sites in the county are available. Contact Stacy Iwanicki at firstname.lastname@example.org to participate.