The count period for the 112th Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
will begin on December 14, 2011
From December 14 through January 5 tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations.
Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.
Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) makes an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.
From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Count does it for love of birds and the excitement of friendly competition -- and with the knowledge that their efforts are making a difference for science and bird conservation.
View results from this year's count or from previous years.
Explore the CBC Photo Gallery of birds seen during counts.
Christmas Bird Count printable program overview (in PDF).
History of the Christmas Bird Count
How the Christmas Bird Count Helps Birds
Get Involved in the Christmas Bird Count
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!
Read how to get involved and have fun with family, friends or neighbors.
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