How to Get Involved
This year will be Audubon's 121st Christmas Bird Count! Come back soon for details on this year's events.
About the 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.
Fun Facts about the Christmas Bird Count:
- This year is the 121st year of the Christmas Bird Count.
- It is the nation's longest-running citizen science bird project.
- The first Alaska Christmas Bird Counts were in 1941 in Anchorage and Mountain Village.
- Prudhoe Bay is the furthest north Christmas Bird Count.
- Barrow did a bird count one year, but they didn’t see any birds (which is still useful information!).