Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Bird Count

Get Involved

Since the Christmas Bird Count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteer citizen scientists. In other words, it all starts with you!

The Christmas Bird Count season is December 14 through January 5 each year. Your local count will occur on one day between those inclusive dates. If you have more than one local count, they will probably be conducted on different dates within the CBC season. You can pick the most convenient date, or participate in more than one count. In November of 2008 you will be able to search on upcoming count dates

There is a specific methodology to the CBC, but everyone can participate. The count takes place within "Count Circles," which focus on specific geographical areas. Each circle is led by a Count Compiler. Therefore, if you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher. In addition, if your home is within the boundaries of a Count Circle, then you can stay home and report the birds that visit your feeder or join a group of birdwatchers in the field. In either case, if you have never been on a CBC before your first step is to locate and contact your local Count Compiler to find out how you can volunteer.

To find the posted date of a count not yet conducted near you, click on the Count Date Search below; if you would like to register and participate on a count that is open for pre-registration in the United States (ONLY) click on Register. Please note only counts for which dates have been posted, and which have not yet been conducted, will appear. To view instructions on how to search for a circle and sign-up for an open count, click here. For answers to other common questions, please visit our FAQs page.

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