Audubon Christmas Bird Count

The 117th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count takes place Dec. 14, 2016  - Jan. 5, 2017. It is the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world and provides critical population data. Data from over 2,300 circles are entered after the official count and become available under the Data & Research link. Please click here for locations and to sign-up for the 117th Christmas Bird Count.

How does participation work?

There is a specific methodology to the CBC, and you must make arrangements to participate in advance with the circle compiler, but anyone can participate.

Each count takes place in an established 15-mile wide diameter circle, and is organized by a count compiler.

If your home is within the boundaries of a CBC circle, then you can stay at home and report the birds that visit your feeder on count day as long as you have made prior arrangement with the count compiler. Check out the sign-up link above for information on how to contact the compiler.

Since it is free, how is this program funded?

The Christmas Bird Count now relies 100% on donations to provide support to compilers and volunteers on count day, to manage the historic database, and to fund the technology to make historic data available to researchers.  Until recently there was a $5.00 participation fee which annually funded this hemisphere-wide program.

The data collected by CBC participants over the past century and more have become one of only two large pools of information informing ornithologists and conservation biologists how the birds of the Americas are faring over time.

In 2012 CBC participation was made FREE to make it accessible to anyone. Now we ask for your support to keep the program free and to help us ensure the future of the program. Please make a donation today to this very important citizen science effort.


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How To Participate

Contact point person per bird count location for more information. If you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher.

Bird Count Locations within the Crown of the Continent:

Alberta, Canada

Blood Reserve- contact Ryan Heavy Head for date
Crowsnest- 12/16/16 Contact Merilyn at 403-563-7545,
High River- contact Greg Wagner for date
Lethbridge- contact Ken Orich for date
Milk River- contact Ken Orich for date 
Nanton- contact MikeTruch for details
Sheep River- contact Doug Collister for details
Waterton Lakes National Park- 12/17/16 contact  Dianne Pachal or phone 403 859-5107 for more details or Pat Lucas to share sighting data  *Free Park Entry for volunteers

British Columbia, Canada

Cranbrook- 12/28/16 contact Greg Ross or 250-489-2566 or Daryl Calder 250-489-1601 for details. *Meet at Elizabeth Lake Visitor Centre at 8:45AM
Elkford- date TBA contact Ulrike Sliworsky for details
Fernie- 12/15/16 contact Mike Bentley 250-430-7766
Golden- 12/27/16 contact Ellen Zimmerman for details
Kimberley- 1/4/17 contact Dianne Cooper – 250-427-1921
Lake Windermere- 12/26/16 contact Cam Gillies for details

Montana, United States

Bigfork- 12/17/16 contact Craig Hohenberger for details. Groups are assigned the week before the count. If you want to participate, contact email or call 406-890-1629 Craig.

Eureka- 12/17/16 contact Lewis or Lynda Young for details

Glacier National Park- 12/18/16 contact Lisa Bate for details                                                                

Troy- 12/31/16 contact Don Jones for details                                                                                    

Helena- 12/17/16 Meet at Jorgenson’s Restaurant (11th Ave. and Lamborn) at 6:30 AM if you want breakfast at the restaurant and 7:15 AM if you don’t. For more information, contact Lorna at 406-443-7162 or lornajmilne@gmail. At 5:30 PM, there will be a potluck at a location TBA.                                  

Kalispell- 1/1/17 contact Pete Fisher for more information. Meet for a group breakfast at 7 AM at Finnegan’s Restaurant (660 E Idaho St.) in Kalispell.                                                                                   

Great Falls- 12/17/16  If you are interested in participating, contact Nora Gray: or 406-781-4153. Participants, please let Nora know by Wednesday, December 14 if you will be attending Saturday’s post- CBC pizza and salad dinner at FWP headquarters (the dinner is paid for by Upper Missouri Breaks Audubon).                                                                                                                       

Ninepipe N.W.R- 12/18/16 contact Brian Williams or call 406-721-1467 for details                                    

Upper Swan Valley- 12/17/16 contact Adam or call 406-754-3185 for details                                  

Missoula- 12/17/16 If you want to participate in the field count, contact Larry Weeks at or 406-540-3064. If you are interested in being a feeder watcher, contact Rose Leach at 406-370-1999 or The Count day will end with a potluck dinner at the home of Larry Weeks, 2428 West Kent, which is near Rosauers. Potluck guests are welcome to arrive at 6:00 PM. Dinner will commence at 6:30 PM. Please bring your favorite potluck offering, or A-L, bring a salad or dessert, and M-Z, a hot dish.

Program Dates

12/14/2016 – 1/5/2017

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