Christmas Bird Count

117th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Take Part in the Longest-Running Citizen Science Survey

Birders’ favorite time of year has arrived – the Audubon Christmas Bird Count runs December 14 through January 5! Across the state, North Carolina’s birders and nature enthusiasts will take part in the 117-year tradition of citizen science, collecting data that will help shape the future of birds and climate science nationwide.

Join the fun!

Here is everything you need to know about the 2016 CBC and how to get involved:

What: 117th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

When: December 14-January 5

Where: See list of counts across North Carolina below!

Extras: Download the FREE Audubon Bird Guide App.

Get Social: Post photos to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with #AudubonCBC & @audubonnc

Get Involved:

Birders of all ages are welcome to participate in this fun, nationwide citizen science project, which provides the National Audubon Society and other bird conservation organizations with a crucial snapshot of our native bird populations during the winter months.  Each individual count is performed in a count circle with a diameter of 15 miles. At least ten volunteers, including a compiler to coordinate the process, count in each circle. The volunteers break up into small parties and follow assigned routes counting every bird they see.

Make plans to join a count in your backyard, more eyes the better on count day! Contact the circle coordinators to find out the address of the count.

Don't live near one of these counts or missed your local count? Never fear there are more counts happening across the state. Find the next count near you at this link -

The Power of the Flock

The CBC is a great example of the power of Audubon’s extended network. Today, participation is even more important than it was over 100 years ago when the count was started as an alternative to holiday shooting contests.

As Audubon continues to document the effects of climate change on birds, the data collected by CBC participants will pave the way for Audubon’s work with state and local lawmakers to develop and enact legislation in NC that protects our birds and our communities in the coming years. We encourage anyone interested in birding, bird conservation, the outdoors or just having fun to find a nearby count and get involved.

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is a citizen science project organized by the National Audubon Society. There is no fee to participate. Counts are open to birders of all skill levels and Audubon’s free Bird Guide app makes easy to identify birds.

For more information and to find a count near you visit

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