The Woodlands Spring Creek Christmas Bird Count
Woodlands Bird Feeder Watchers Needed Saturday, December 16, 2023
Bird feeder watchers from all around The Woodlands are needed on Saturday, December 16th, 2023, to help with the Spring Creek Christmas Bird Count (CBC).
Each year between December 14th and January 5th, the Audubon Society involves people to help the birds by participating in a Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The Audubon Society’s goal is to capture a snapshot of bird populations during the early winter, comparing this data with snapshots from scores of previous years to help understand fluctuations in bird populations that show which species are thriving and which are struggling.One of these CBCs is the Spring Creek CBC on the north side of Houston and sponsored by volunteers from the Piney Woods Wildlife Society, Texas Master Naturalists and other local birders. This CBC is scheduled for the first Saturday of the CBC period – this year it falls on Saturday, December 16, 2023. It is centered roughly at I45 and Rayford / Sawdust and extends 7.5 miles in all directions. This 15 mile diameter circle makes up the “Spring Creek Christmas Bird Count”. (You can see this and many more CBCs in Texas by visiting
There are two ways to count birds for a CBC. The first consists of joining one of the teams of bird watchers that go outside and count all the birds that they find in the count circle. The second consists of people who live in the CBC circle watching their backyard feeders and counting those birds. All this information is turned into the CBC compiler and will be reported to the National Audubon Society.
If you live inside the Spring Creek CBC count circle, have bird feeders in your yard, and will be home part of the day on Saturday, December 16th, please contact the Spring Creek CBC compiler, Claire Moore, and volunteer to help by counting the birds that visit your feeders on that day. Most of The Woodlands is within the Spring Creek CBC, except for the far north and far northwest portions of The Woodlands. (See the accompanying map to get an idea of which areas are in the count circle. Send your address or a nearby intersection to Claire and she can confirm if you live inside the count circle.) To volunteer to be a feeder watcher for the CBC, please contact Claire now via email at [email protected]. Claire will then email you further information on how to count and report your sightings.As mentioned above, volunteers from the Piney Woods Wildlife Society sponsor this CBC. PWWS is a local bird watching and nature club that has meetings usually on the 3rd or 2nd Tuesday of each month (except summer months) at 6 p.m. The meetings normally include some snacks plus a presentation by a local person about their bird watching or nature experience. The meetings are held at the Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park located at 709 Riley Fuzzel Road in Spring. If you are interested in birds or nature, please feel free to attend the PWWS meetings. You can learn more about PWWS at https://pineywoodswildlifesociety.org/