Friday, December 13, 2013

Grey Wolf Delisting Comments Due - Tues., Dec 17th, 2013

The grey wolf delisting public comment period
 was extended up to December 17th, 2013 because of the government shutdown.  For more info from the USFWS on extension:   
USFWS original (pre-extension) directions on commenting:

Or Visit Defenders of Wildife page for commenting guidance:

Or visit Earth Justice for commenting guidance: 

Or Wild Earth Guardians for commenting guidance:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Bird Counts - 2013-2014

114th Christmas Bird Count Announcements


      The National Audubon Society's (NAS) longest-running wintertime tradition, the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), will take place throughout the Americas from Saturday, December 14, 2013 to Sunday, January 5, 2014.
      There will be at least 12 Christmas Bird Counts in West River SD and Black Hills of Wyoming, 10 of which are official counts that contribute data to the National Audubon Society's  (NAS) database.

What are Christmas Bird Counts (CBC)?
        Each Christmas season tens of thousands of volunteers will count and record each individual bird and bird species they encounter during one calendar day, within a 15-mile diameter circle.  The results are compiled into the longest running database in ornithology, representing over a century of unbroken data on trends of early-winter bird populations across the Americas. The censuses provide valuable data about the number of bird species and numbers of each species occurring within set geographic areas on an early winter day.
        Last year's count shattered records.  A total of 2,369 counts and 71,531 people tallied over 60 million birds of 2,296 different species. Counts took place in all 50 states, all Canadian provinces, and over 100 count circles in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands.  Three new counts were even welcomed in Cuba, where for the first time ever the tiniest bird in the world, the Bee Hummingbird, was included in CBC results.
        The CBC revealed the dramatic impact climate change is already having on birds, and a disturbing decline in common birds, including the Northern Bobwhite quail. The many decades of data, not only helps identify birds in need of conservation action, it also reveals success stories. The CBC helped document the comeback of the Bald Eagle and significant increases in waterfowl populations, both the result of conservation efforts.
        Note to Potential First-timers: Christmas Bird Counts are open to birders of all skill levels. While there is a specific methodology to the CBC and you need to count birds within an existing Christmas Bird Count circle, everyone can participate!  If you are a beginning birder, on most counts you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher.  Feeder watchers and backyard watchers are needed too.

What to bring?
      Participants should bring lunch, drinking water, warm clothing and footwear.  Binoculars, field guides and spotting scopes are suggested, for those who have them.  The five-dollar fee has been dropped to encourage more participation and the annual published report, (American Birds) previously available in paper will be made digital.

For more information on each count:

       Below we list the actual counts in Western SD and Black Hills of Wyoming.  We give you some more details on some counts and the compilers name and contact into.  Please contact him/her for more information about the count.
       We have also included a list of counts in eastern SD and NE Wyoming. We include a few of the counts in North Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska, which are near SD.


Nationwide NAS Press Releases:

Nationwide CBC Data (all states)

South Dakota:



114th CBC Season, December 14th, 2013 - January 5th, 2014


BISON, SD, -- Date - To Be Determined (TBD)
 Contact, Pat or Meghan Dinkins, 605-244-5632,

HOT SPRINGS, SD - Saturday, 14th of December 2013
Meet at the Hot Springs Bakery at 7:30 am, Count off at Hot Springs Pizza Hut 5:00 pm
Duane Weber - (605) 673-2032,

STURGIS, SD - - Saturday, 14th of December 2013
Severe weather alternate is - Dec 19th,   Birders meet at McDonalds in Sturgis, at 7:30 AM. A compilation potluck is at the home of Vic/Donna Fondy, 12067 Crook City Rd, Whitewood, SD after count. Vic Fondy - (605) 269-2553,

PIERRE, SD  - Saturday, 14th of December 2013
CBC organizational meeting is Thurs. the 12th at 7:30 PM in the Science Room at First United Methodist Church. Sat eve meet at Perkins restaurant, Fort Pierre after 5:00 PM to turn in results, Doug Backlund, (605) 280-6642,,

RAPID CITY, SD  - Sunday, 15th of December,  2013
Count off meet is at QDoba's Mexican in Baken Park at 5 pm,  Michael Melius - (605) 255-4766,

WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, SD  - Sunday, 15th of December 2013,
Meet at Park Visitor Center 8 am, ending time is app. 4:15 pm for Pot Luck Supper and sharing of the day's findings. Dan Roddy - (605) 745-1157 or Barbara Muenchau (745-1150),,

PIEDMONT, SD - Tuesday, 17th of December 2013, Addison Ball - compiler
 (The severe weather alternate date is 12/20)

SHADEHILL, SD - Tuesday, the 17th of December 2013
Meet at store in Shadehill along SD 73 (i.e. the Summerville Store) at 7:30 am. Dan Svingen, 701-214-8286,

SUNDANCE, WY - Saturday, 21st of December 2013
We will meet at the Rapid Stop Conoco Service Station, 7:30 AM at the West end of Sundance. Contact Jennifer Adams at 307-283-2467,

PINE RIDGE RESERVATION, SD, -- Sunday, 22nd of December 2013
Severe weather alternate: January 5, Meet briefly prior to count at 7 am at Big Bat's gas station (Shell) in downtown Pine Ridge Contact: Peter Hill, (605) 595-3715,,
Saturday night overnight hosting may be available..

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, SD - Friday, 27th of December 2013
Meet at Park Headquarters at 7:45 am, for route assignments, Nancy Drilling, 605-791-0459 or, office: 605.433.5263, 605.391.3680 (cell)

SPEARFISH, SD - Sunday, 5th of January 2014.
Meet at McDonalds at 7:30 AM for field assignments, Daniel Bjerke,


Christmas bird counts are also planned in East River SD. These locations will have counts:

Sioux Falls, (Dec. 14th, 2013), Contact Todd Jensen,,

Aberdeen (Dec. 14th, 2013), Gary Olson ,, (605) 225-5241 or (605) 715-5242

Brookings, (Dec. 14th, 2013), Contact Nelda Holden, (605) 692-8278,

Yankton, (Dec. 15th, 2013), Contact Roger Dietrich, (605) 665-7240, (605) 660-6247,

Waubay N.W.R., (Dec. 17th , 2013 ) - Contact Laura Hubers (605) 947-4521 Ext. 116,

Sand Lake N.W.R., (Dec 18th, 2013), Contact Bill Schultze (605) 885-6320 Ext. 23,

Madison,  (Dec. 19th, 2013), Contact Jeffrey S. Palmer (605) 256-5190,

Huron, (Dec. 20th, 2013), Contact Brent Jamison, (605) 352-5894 Ext. 114.

Lake Andes, (Dec. 20th,  2013) - Contact Mick Hanan, (605) 487-7603 Ext. 107,

Mitchell, (Dec. 27th,2013) - Contact Jeff Hansen,

Canton, (Dec. 28th, 2013), Contact Todd Jensen,,


Christmas bird counts that are near enough that SD folks may be interested in:


Christmas bird counts are also planned NE Wyoming.  These locations will have counts:

Kane, WY, (Dec. 14th, 2013), Contact Jennifer Miller at 307-568-9346

Sheridan, WY, (Dec. 14th, 2013), Contact Julie  Rieder, 307-655-9024, 

Casper, WY, (Dec. 14th, 2013), Contact Chris Michelson, 307-234-8726,, or Stacey Scott (262-0055)

Buffalo, WY, (Dec. 15th, 2013), Contact  Deane Bjerke,

Gillette, WY, (Dec. 22nd, 2013), Contact Dustin Downey, 504-453-4124,,

Sundance, WY, (Dec. 21st, 2013), Contact Jen or Jean at 307-283-2467,

Story-Bighorn, WY, (Dec. 28th, 2013) Contact Jean Daly at 307-674-9728,

Guernsey/Ft. Laramie, WY, (Dec. 28th, 2013) Contact Jane Dorn, 307-640-4002.


Scottsbluff, NE,  (Dec. 14th, 2013), Alice Kenitz, 308-436-2959,

Ponca State Park,  (Dec. 14th, 2013),  NE, Bill Huser (402) 494-1657,
Crawford, NE, (Dec. 21st, 2013)   Bruce or Donna Walgren, 307-234-7455,

Lake McConaughy, NE , (Dec. 28th, 2013),  Stephen J. Dinsmore, 515-294-1348,

Sioux City, IA, Jerry Probst,  (Dec. 21st, 2013) (712) 258-1296,

Theodore Roosevelt N.P. (South Unit) Medora, ND, (Dec. 21st, 2013), Valerie Naylor,  701-623-4730 ext 3409,,

Theodore Roosevelt N.P., ND,  (North unit),  (Date -To Be Determined), Valerie Naylor,  701-623-4730 ext 3409,