2019 Fajardo Christmas Bird Count

Announcement of the 2019 Fajardo Christmas Bird Count

This is an invitation to the annual Fajardo Christmas Bird Count, which will be conducted on Sunday 15 December 2019. The annual count now in its 26th year, covers an area enclosed by a circle of 15 miles diameter including El Faro, El Yunque, and part of the old Roosevelt Roads Naval Base. The Fajrado Christmas Count is run in cooperation with the Puerto Rican Ornithological Society (SOPI), Para la Naturaleza, and the U.S. Forest Service (Intl. Institute of Tropical Forestry & El Yunque National Forest).

The count is important for documenting long-term bird population changes in an area of Puerto Rico that has undergone urbanization and suffered hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. This will be the third Fajardo bird count after hurricanes Irma and Maria and we expect to be able to document how bird populations have recovered from the 2017 storms.

Small brown bird with a grey head orange cheeks, red beak and a red brown tail perched on a branch.

Image CaptionOrange-cheeked waxbill (Estrilda melpoda) photographed during the 2014 Christmas Bird Count . (Photo Credit: Jerry Bauer)

We will start the count at 5:30 AM with a count of Múcaros (Puerto Rican Screech Owls) near the entrance of the El Yunque National Forest in front of the Catalina Service Center of the US Forest Service on Rte 191 (second turnoff on the right shortly after entering the national forest). For those who like to sleep a little later, they can meet the group in front of the Catalina Service Center on route 191 just after the El Portal visitor center at the forest entrance between 6:30 - 7:00 AM before we break into smaller groups to count birds in other sites within the count circle. In addition, a small group will begin the count at the Las Cabezas de San Juan Reserve (El Faro) in Fajardo at 6:30 AM. We will end the morning count at lunch time and meet at the El Faro reserve to eat lunch and to summarize the bird list. After lunch, those folks with energy will continue counting birds until sunset. Everyone is invited. It is not necessary to be an expert on birds as we encourage all to participate. Bring binoculars, bird books, rain gear, and bag lunch. We will provide secure parking places.

Those wishing to start the count at the Las Cabezas de San Juan Reserve should contact Eduardo Esquilin (787-860-2560 or edesquilin@gmail.com); or the census in Roosevelt Roads should contact Emilio Font (fontemilio@hotmail.com or text/phone 787 367-5263); or the census in San Miguel in the Northeast Ecological Corridor should contact Laura Fidalgo (lauralfidalgo@gmail.com).

I hope you will join us. For more information contact Joe Wunderle at joseph.wunderlejr@usda.gov.

See you Sunday, December 15, 2019!

Quick Glance

Date and Time

Sunday, December 15, 2019. 5:30 AM or later at 6:30-7:00 AM until sunset.

Locations

5:30 AM near the entrance of the El Yunque National Forest.

6:30 - 7:00 AM at the Catalina Service Center on route 191 just after the El Portal visitor center.

Las Cabezas de San Juan Reserve (El Faro) in Fajardo.

San Miguel in the Northeast Ecological Corridor

What to bring?

Binoculars, bird books, rain gear, and bag lunch.

Contacts

El Yunque, Joe Wunderle jmwunderle@gmail.com

Las Cabezas de San Juan Reserve, Eduardo Esquilin 787-860-2560 or edesquilin@gmail.com

Roosevelt Roads, Emilio Font 787 367-5263 or fontemilio@hotmail.com

San Miguel in the Northeast Ecological Corridor, Laura Fidalgo lauralfidalgo@gmail.com

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