The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is an annual event sponsored by Audubon. All Christmas Bird Counts are conducted between December 14 to January 5, inclusive dates, each season. This will be the 120th Christmas Bird Count!
This longest running Citizen Science survey in the world provides critical data on population trends. It is organized into circles, and each circle counts as many birds as possible on one day, either on a predetermined route, or at their backyard bird feeder. Data is compiled, and used to learn about long-term bird trends.
If you would like to participate, check out the searchable map to find a counting “circle” near you.
Can’t make the CBC work for you this year, then consider the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), also organized by Audubon. This annual count takes place President’s Day weekend each February. For more information on the GBBC, visit the Audubon GBBC page
Check out the Project WILD activity “Bird Song Survey” to learn about the purpose of counting birds for population information.
Don’t have the newest Project WILD guide? Contact your state’s Project WILD coordinator. In Iowa, that is Barb Gigar and she can best be reached via email. Let her know you’d like to participate in a Project WILD / Aquatic WILD training.
See also WILD Resources – Wildlife Management.