How to Get Involved
Audubon's 118th Christmas Bird Count has concluded, with all counts held between the dates of Thursday, December 14, 2017 through Friday, January 5, 2018. Join us next season for the 120th Christmas Bird Count, held Friday, December 14, 2019 through Saturday, January 5, 2020. Learn more.
About the Christmas Bird Count
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.”