THE CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT (CBC)
WHAT: Early-winter bird census
WHEN: Annually, Dec. 14-Jan. 5*
WHERE: Across North America
WHY: Data on bird populations fuels smart bird conservation
Click the button below to see and sign up for local bird counts happening this year.
National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count (or CBC, as its known to seasoned pros) is the nation's longest-running citizen science bird project. Over a century's worth of data has been collected since the project began, and now its as much of a tradition for many friends and families as it is a massive scientific project. Data from the Christmas Bird Count has been used in countless important research discoveries, including National Audubon's landmark Birds and Climate Change study. For more information about CBCs click here.
A map view of the circles expected to be included in the completed 122nd CBC can be found here.
Check out data from previous years on the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count Page by entering in the year and state to choose a count location of interest.
Carl Lundblad's advice on CBCs and entering eBird data:
Because CBC season is upon us, this is a good time to review best practices for entering your CBC data into eBird.
Complete details are available at this link: eBirding on Christmas Bird Counts