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Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Find a count near you and join us to contribute to the nation's longest-running community science bird project.
Mourning Doves Photo: Kat Bradley Bennett/Audubon Photography Awards
Mourning Doves Photo: Kat Bradley Bennett/Audubon Photography Awards
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Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Find a count near you and join us to contribute to the nation's longest-running community science bird project.

Audubon's 123rd Christmas Bird Count will take place between Wednesday, December 14, 2022 and Thursday, January 5, 2023.  

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is one of the longest-running wildlife censuses in the world. Each individual count takes place over the course of 24 hours, in a 15-mile-wide circle, and is led by a compiler responsible for organizing volunteers and submitting observations directly to Audubon. Participation is free and open to all!

Within each circle, participants tally all birds seen or heard that day—both the species count and the total numbers of each, to provide a clear idea of the health of that particular population.

A record number of Sandhill Cranes were counted at the Montezuma Wetlands Complex in 2020. Photo: Alyssa Johnson/Audubon

Participants range from expert ornithologists to beginning birders, following established protocols to ensure consistent data collection. If your home is within the boundaries of a CBC circle, then you can stay at home and report the birds that visit your feeder on count day as long as you have made prior arrangement with the count compiler.

Have more questions? We have answers! Visit our FAQ page here.

JOIN A CHAPTER OR CENTER-LED CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

CLICK HERE FOR A GIS MAP OF ALL COUNTS AND RELATED INFO.

Saturday, December 17

Northern Nassau County (LI) CBC
Co-led by North Shore Audubon and Huntington Oyster Bay Audubon
Contact: Jennifer Wilson Pines, jwpines@gmail.com

To participate with the Theodore Roosevelt Audubon Center and Sanctuary team, contact Kathryn D'Amico, Kathryn.DAmico@audubon.org

Sunday, December 18

New Jersey Lower Hudson CBC
Led by New York City Audubon
Contact: Katherine Chen, christmasbirdcount@nycaudubon.org or you can also register to participate here

Monday, December 19

Montezuma Wetlands Complex CBC
Led by the Montezuma Audubon Center
For details and to register, contact Chris Lajewski at Christopher.LAJEWSKI@audubon.org 

Monday, Decemebr 26

Bronx-Westchester CBC
Led by Hudson River Audubon & Bronx-River Sound Shore Audubon
Contact: Michael Bochnik, bochnikm@cs.com, 914-953-7409
Count Web Site:  https://www.hras.org/participate

Tuesday, December 27

NYCS - New York Central Suffolk CBC
Sponsored by Eastern Long Island Audubon
Contact: Eileen Schwinn, beachmed@optonline.net

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