We are quickly approaching the Christmas Bird Count season and I’m hoping everyone will consider participating this year. Christmas Bird Counts are a lot of fun and contribute greatly to our understanding of where birds are spending the winter. The count is a huge citizen science project and we could never gather this much data without the help of birders everywhere. Whether you can spend time counting birds at your feeders or you join a group and head out birding, any count compiler would be happy to have the extra help. You can find all of the count circles as well as information about contacting the count compiler here. Counts are held all over the U.S. and Canada as well as in several countries in Central and South American and the Caribbean.
All counts take place between December 14th and January 5th. You can participant in one or many counts. I tend to participate in several counts but no matter how many you participate in, you are sure to have a great time spending a day out birding! You can learn all about Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count here.