Winter Orioles: Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting for Thursday, January 28

Posted January 15th, 2021 by John Callender

Greetings, Carpinteria Birdwatchers. I hope that you’re doing well and like me, are looking forward to some great birdwatching in 2021.

I want to announce a few changes I’ll be making this year:

  • I’m going to reduce the frequency of our meetings to once per month. I’ve recently started working on a new nature festival that will take place in Carpinteria in March of 2022, and realistically I think once per month is the most I can comfortably do in terms of Carpinteria Birdwatchers meetings.
  • We’re going to change the time of the meetings to 6:30 p.m. This will hopefully make it easier for people with work schedules to participate.

I look forward to when we can go back to doing in-person meetings and outings, but for now we’ll be staying with online meetings via Zoom. With that said, I have a few ideas for ways to keep the meetings fun: More interactivity, with opportunities for participants to share; more guests; and shorter segments focusing on just a few birds, rather than trying to cover whole families.

Our first meeting of 2021 will be on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. The topic will be: winter orioles.

We usually see orioles in the summer, but every winter a few birds stick around our area, taking advantage of non-native vegetation that provides the nectar they need to get through the winter. We’ll talk about which species are around, where to see them, and how to identify them.

Also, anyone who’s interested will have a chance to share their favorite bird they’ve seen so far in 2021. I’m looking forward to hearing what people have seen.

See you there!

— John Callender

[Zoom meeting info to come]

[YouTube livestream to come]

RESCHEDULED: Next Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting will be Thursday, January 28, 2021

Posted December 28th, 2020 by John Callender

I need to apologize for the late notice, but I’ve decided to move the next Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting to Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Look here for an update on that meeting’s topic, as well as my thoughts on the larger topic of the format and frequence of Carpinteria Birdwatchers going forward, in the next few days. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your local birds. See you soon!

— John Callender

CBC cancellation and a fun photo quiz: Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting for December 17

Posted December 13th, 2020 by John Callender

This Thursday we’ll use our Carpinteria Birdwatchers online meeting to discuss the recent (unfortunate) cancellation of the 2020 Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count due to COVID-19 concerns, then will move on to something more fun: An eBird photo quiz! The meeting will take place this Thursday, December 17, 2020, at 4 p.m. I hope to see you there.

— John Callender

Zoom meeting info:

Topic: CBC cancellation and eBird photo quiz – Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting for 2020-12-17
Time: Dec 17, 2020 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 886 4776 0248
Passcode: 502068

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2020 Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count Cancelled

Posted December 12th, 2020 by John Callender

I have an unfortunate announcement to make: Due to concerns about COVID-19 and the recent stay at home order issued by the state, I’ve decided to cancel this year’s Carpinteria CBC. More details are in the email I just sent to participants, a copy of which can be read on our CBC page.

I’m very grateful to everyone who put so much into preparing for the count, and share their disappointment. I’m looking forward to next year, when I hope we’ll be able to come back stronger than ever.

— John Callender, Carpinteria CBC compiler

CBC Data Entry: Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting for December 3

Posted December 1st, 2020 by John Callender

Our next Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting will be another quick meeting to prepare for the upcoming Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count (CBC). In this meeting we’ll go over how to use eBird to share your sightings, as well as how to fill out the CBC “effort form” and how to use the day-of spreadsheet on count day. The CBC will take place on Saturday, December 19, 2020; the meeting to prepare for it will be on Thursday, December 3 at 4 p.m.

I hope to see you there!

Zoom meeting info:

Topic: CBC data entry: Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting for 2020-12-03
Time: Dec 3, 2020 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 862 3359 3102
Passcode: 116319