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Join the Audubon Christmas Bird Count!


As winter blankets the landscape, the WBFI invites you to embark on an exciting journey into the world of avian conservation. It's that time of the year again – the Audubon Christmas Bird Count – a cherished tradition that unites tens of thousands of volunteers across the Americas in a quest to understand and protect our feathered friends.  

Every winter, from December 14th through January 5th, passionate birders from diverse backgrounds brave the elements, be it snow, wind, or rain, to contribute to a century-old tradition of citizen science. The data collected during the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) provides a valuable snapshot of how bird populations have evolved over the past hundred years.  

This long-term perspective is not just essential for bird conservation; it guides strategies to protect their habitats and identifies broader environmental issues. By participating in the Christmas Bird Count, you become a crucial part of a movement that transcends time, contributing to the well-being of our winged companions and the ecosystems they inhabit. 

Want to be a part of something bigger than yourself? Here’s how you can get involved: 

  1. Find Your Counting Grounds: Explore the Audubon map to choose your preferred location and find a Christmas Bird Count near you. Green and yellow circles signify opportunities for new participants, while red circles indicate that a count is already at capacity.  
  2. Connect with Compilers: Reach out to the count organizers by using the information provided on the map. Building connections with fellow bird enthusiasts ensures a seamless experience and enriches the collective effort to protect our avian companions. 
  3. Stay Informed with American Birds: Sign up for American Birds for updates on results from the Christmas Bird Count and other Audubon community science programs. Being part of this community keeps you informed and engaged in ongoing efforts to conserve bird populations. 
  4. Explore and Share with CBC Live Tracker: If you've already registered for a count, dive into the CBC Live tracker to witness the excitement unfolding across the birding community. View captivating photos shared by fellow participants, and don't forget to share your own snapshots! 

Embrace the opportunity to make a lasting impact on bird conservation. Join us in Audubon's Christmas Bird Count and let your passion for birds contribute to a brighter and more sustainable future. Together, we can protect the beauty and diversity of our avian companions and the ecosystems they call home.  

If you’re unable to participate directly in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, there are still meaningful ways to make a positive impact on our feathered friends right from the comfort of your home! And beyond the benefits to bird populations, fostering a bird-friendly environment at home has positive effects on your mental health. For more detailed insights on creating a bird-friendly space at home and understanding the mental health benefits, check out our previous blog.