Carrizo Plain CBC

Photo of Carrizo Plain by Roger Zachary
The 2019 Carrizo Plain Christmas Bird Count will be on Saturday, December 28th. Registration opens November 14th and is due by December 14th. The Carrizo Plain Christmas Bird Count is on a different day than the Morro Bay CBC, and our local birders are encouraged to participate in both counts. Register for the Carrizo Plain CBC by either emailing Kathanne Lynch at or calling/texting her at 303-968-4750 (cell).

Bell's Sparrow
The Carrizo Plain is an Important Bird Area, with some diverse species that are unique from those in other parts of SLO county. It’s all about the habitat. Many birders visit the Carrizo Plain just to see the wintering species there. The Carrizo Plain CBC count circle of 11 sections usually tallies 55-75 species.

Roger Zachary, our legendary compiler for the Carrizo Plain CBC from 1983-2018, retired from compiling so he can enjoy more birding at this count.  Kathanne is the new compiler for this CBC, and you may not have met her yet. She just moved to San Luis Obispo to live here full time, after living for 40 years in the mountains outside of Denver, CO.

Contact Kathanne before the CBC if you wish to join her on a scouting trip to the area.