Some of our most important and popular events at Oregon2020 are County Birding Blitzes. Birders from around the state gather in a single county to survey as many birds in as many places as possible in just one weekend. Many “Blitzers” will survey areas that may never have been birded before.
County “Blitzers” survey as much of the county as possible in a weekend, counting all the birds they find.
How County Blitzes Work
Blitzes are simple, easy, and fun! Similar to Christmas Bird Counts, participants cover assigned areas of the county. In this case, assigned areas focus on two to four of our Hotspot Squares per day per team. We will provide you with a GPS, checklists, and handouts of counting procedures. Each participant (or team, if you like having company) usually spends at least half the day counting birds in and near their assigned Hotspot Squares. In the afternoon, we chase rarities and visit birding hotspots in the county. Each evening we reconvene to share stories and highlights from the day. If you would like to get a really early start on either morning, we can meet the prior evening to get you oriented and provide any items you may need. Feel free to participate in one or more days of each blitz.
At the end of the blitz, numbers are tallied and groups are recognized for their efforts. Even better? Oregon2020 enters all your data for you. That’s right, count all the birds you can, we’ll take care of the rest! All the data are posted to eBird, shared with participants, and help fill gaps in our knowledge of Oregon’s birds.
County Blitzes are free to participate! However, participants are responsible for their own accommodations, meals, and travel arrangements.
Upcoming Birding Blitzes
The following counties will be hosting Oregon2020 Birding Blitzes in 2017. Please click links below to learn more, and register to let us know you plan to join us.
* Dates above include the day before scheduled surveys, for travel to Blitz location
2016 Birding Blitz Summary and Results
Jefferson County (June 24-26, 2016)
Umatilla County (June 16-19, 2016)
Tillamook County (June 3-5, 2016)
Hood River County (May 25-27, 2016)
Jackson County (May 19-22, 2016)
Wallowa County (June 27-28, 2015)
North Malheur County (June 13-14, 2015)
Wheeler County (June 6-7, 2015)
Columbia and Clatsop Counties (May 30-31, 2015)
Sherman and Gilliam Counties (May 23-24, 2015)