CACT is National Audubon Society's designation for the Cheep Thrills Christmas Bird Count. It stands for "California Cheep Thrills."

2020 Cheep Thrills 
The 2020 count happened on Thursday, December 17. Our species count was 155 and we observed a total of 78,981 individual birds. Following National Audubon's guidelines, we held a safe and socially distanced CBC. Social distancing and/or masking was required at all times in the field, carpooling was only with existing familiar or social "pod" groups, and there was no compilation dinner. Cheep Thrills was not sponsored by or affiliated with Marin Audubon in 2020. 

CACT count circle in Google maps  - Open the map and double-click to enlarge an area
CACT overall count circle area map - JPG

Area leaders: Download the field checklist from the link below. 
2020 Field checklist -  Excel version 
2020 Field checklist - PDF format

National Audubon's CBC rare bird documentation form - PDF format

National Audubon's CBC rare bird documentation form - Microsoft Word format

Compilation dinner at Ghiringhelli's Pizzeria

Following guidelines for the Christmas Bird Counts issued by National Audubon, in 2020 we will not be holding a compilation dinner.

Join us after the count for the compilation dinner. As always, Ghiringhelli's will serve us a variety of delicious pizzas and salads. They have 20 beers on tap, a good wine list, and a full bar. Drinks are not included, except water.

Please pay in advance by Monday, December 17th so we can order the correct amount of food. Dinner will cost $12 per person. Drinks are not included. Contact the compiler (Susan Kelly) for details about where to send your checks.

The room will be available by 5:00 pm and dinner will be served by 6:00 pm. 

Delicious pizzas!

Location and Directions 
Ghiringhelli's Pizzeria is located at 1535 South Novato Blvd in Novato. The restaurant is in the Nave Shopping Center next to the post office and there's plenty of parking. No setup or cleanup required!

Directions from the north: Exit Hwy 101 at De  Long Ave in Novato.  Drive west on De Long and turn left onto S. Novato Blvd. The Nave Center is about .3 mile on the right. There's a Chevron station in front.

Directions from the south: Exit Hwy 101 at Rowland Ave in Novato and drive west on Rowland. Turn right onto S. Novato Blvd.  The Nave Center is about .8 mile on the left. There's a Chevron station in front.

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