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Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Alaskans have participated in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count since before statehood.

117th Christmas Bird Count


December 14 - January 5

The Christmas Bird Count is a FREE event!

Sign up for a count near you by contacting the local compiler listed on the Calendar of Alaska Counts and contact information.


Whether it’s by snow machine, by boat, on skis, by car, on foot, or simply in a chair monitoring a bird feeder, every year Alaskans across the state celebrate the season by participating in Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count.

First organized in the Lower 48 and eastern Canada with just 27 birdwatchers in 1900, the winter of 2016-2017 marks the 117th Christmas Bird Count. In Alaska, volunteers have carried out Christmas Bird Counts since before statehood.

Groups of volunteers select a day during the count period to conduct a count. They have 24 hours to record as many birds as possible in a 15-mile diameter circle. Volunteers participate in counts in all 50 states, in all Canadian provinces, several Central and South American countries, and several Pacific and Caribbean islands.

“The Christmas Bird Count volunteers provide invaluable information about the state of Alaska’s birds,” says Nils Warnock, Executive Director of Audubon Alaska. “Long-term records help identify which species are declining, increasing, or shifting geographically.”

Sift through results from historical counts.

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