News Feature

Hancock County
Originally published in Castine Patriot, December 6, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, December 6, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, December 6, 2018
Audobon Christmas Bird Count dates announced

Don’t worry if people seem to be peering at your house with binoculars this holiday season, as they are probably part of the 119th Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) that will take place soon, Downeast Audobon President Leslie Clapp announced in a news release. Downeast Audubon, a chapter of Maine Audubon, will be hosting five counts in Hancock County: Mount Desert Island on December 15, Blue Hill on December 16, Deer Isle on December 29, Hog Bay on December 30, and Schoodic on January 1.

This year, thousands of participants around the world will take part of the longest-running wildlife census, which contributes invaluable data to bird population research, according to the release. Count circles are 15 miles in diameter, and often include more than one town. Blue Hill’s circle for example, which is centered on Blue Hill Mountain, also includes portions of Brooklin, Brooksville, Orland, Penobscot, Sedgwick and Surry and Deer Isle’s includes parts of Brooklin, Brooksville and Stonington.

Both advanced and beginning birders are welcome to be an extra pair of eyes to help spot birds. In addition, people who have bird feeders can add to the effort by counting the birds in their own yards. Anyone interested in joining a team or counting in their yards can contact Clapp at or 664-4400.

“We haven’t had to cancel a count yet, no matter what the weather is—below zero temperatures, rain, snow, ice, or whatever—there is usually at least some part of the day when we can get out and count those birds,” Clapp said in the release.

To find out more about the Christmas Bird Count or look for other counts in Maine and beyond, visit