The McKinney Christmas Bird Count is just around the corner!
This year's McKinney, Texas, Christmas Bird Count, will start at 7:00am,
on December 26th. The count has been a successful joint venture between
the Heard Museum and Sanctuary, and the Prairie and Timbers Audubon
Society since 1976.
There are 9 zones in the count, including the Museum grounds. If you wish
to participate, but are not familiar with the zones or are new to a
Christmas Count, just email/call your name and number of people with your
party - you will be assigned a zone on the morning of the count or before.
Please let Mike know if you are planning to attend, and if you would like to
lead one of the zones.
Mike Cameron, Count Coordinator
Sign in at 7:00 AM and pick up count sheets at the Heard Museum and
Sanctuary, coffee and donuts available. Enter through the door
at the end of the parking lot.
You may return to the
Heard and turn in your count at any time. But please return by 4:30
Maps of the count area, the zones, and a listing of birds
observed on pervious counts, will be available the morning of the count.
Lunch will not be severed at the Heard as in past
For zone leaders that plan to go to their zone
without stopping at the Heard first you can download the count sheet click
A map of the
count circle zones can be downloaded Click
CBC is now a free program. Audubon will no longer charge the $5.00 fee
of field participants. American Birds will no longer be printed on paper
and mailed to participants. Audubon has moved to an online delivery of the
summary results of the CBC, download below. If, however, participants
would like to make a donation to NAS, it would be appreciated.
If you would like to volunteer feeder watch information, please let Mike
know, or just email your results. Your feeder must be within the count
area (7.5 miles from the Heard Sanctuary). Download and check the map
Summary of the 117th Christmas Bird
Annual Summaries of the Christmas Bird Count, 1901-Present.
Directions: From US 75 (Central Expressway), take the
East. Proceed 1 mile and turn left (North) onto State Highway 5
(Greenville Ave.). Go ~2
mile and turn right onto FM 1378. The museum is located 1 mile east of
Highway 5 on the North side of FM 1378, watch for the brown sign.
For directions or additional information you can call 972-562-5566.
Visit the Heard website,