The McKinney Christmas Bird Count is just around the corner!
This year's McKinney, Texas, Christmas Bird Count, will start at 7:00am,
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.
The McKinney count circle is 15 miles in diameter centered on the Heard
Museum, and it is divided into 9 zones. Volunteers join with a zone leader
to survey their assigned area, recording the time spent, the distance
traveled, and a list of all the birds seen or heard. Feeder watch and
pre-dawn owling data can also be submitted, provided the site is within
the count circle.
This year's count will have guidelines due to
COVID-19 that will impact several aspects of the count:
* Follow all county and city guidelines regarding COVID-19 restrictions
* There will be no large group meetings during the CBC (no kickoff meeting
or end-of-day countdown meeting).
* Carpooling is not allowed unless you are members of the same social unit
(family members from the same household, etc).
* Follow social distancing and wear a mask as appropriate while birding on
* The traditional 9 zones of the McKinney CBC may be subdivided this year
if we have high participation.
* While there will be no in person gathering either before or after the
count, there will be an online Zoom meeting after the count close to
review the highlights of the day. Details will be provided closer to the
This year, you need to register with the count
Mike Cameron (mike.cameron10<at>verizon net)
and specify which activities you want to join (normal CBC, feeder-watch,
All CBC materials will be provided electronically via email, including any
special instructions for this count.
Your CBC bird totals and travel data will also need to be returned
electronically to the count compiler.
Your help and understanding with these guidelines will ensure that we have
a SAFE and FUN count this year.
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
The 121st Christmas Bird Count in Texas by Brent Ortego. Click
Summary of the 121th 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,