Christmas Bird Count

photo of a Snowy Owl

Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) are annual winter bird censuses conducted by volunteers between mid-December and early January.

Historically, this tradition involved competitions to see who could kill the most birds, but in 1900, at the urging of the Audubon Society, observers began to count birds instead. This practice has spread, and such opportunities for enjoying a day of birding and contributing to ornithological research abound in our area.

Counts cover a circular territory having a 15 mile (24 kilometer) diameter, with small parties covering specificly assigned areas within the circle over a 24 hour time period. Until recently, observers were asked to submit a nominal fee to cover the costs of data compilation and publication.

Below is a listing of some of the CBCs held within the BOS coverage area. Our Calendar is updated annually with the specific dates and includes contact information for those who may wish to participate. Volunteers are encouraged to contact the compiler for a CBC and get outside for a day of holiday birding!



2017 CBC Schedule:

Date Count Compiler(s) Center Point / Details
  Scio CBC Russell Allen
  rlatrains@yahoo.com
  585-593-3109
Dec. 16, 2017 Wilson-Lake Plains CBC Garner Light
  garnerlight@hotmail.com
  716-491-4408
Wilson, NY
Dec. 17, 2017 Buffalo Ornithological Society CBC David Gordon
  dgordonphoto@yahoo.com
  716-390-1429
Grand Island, NY
Dec. 17, 2017 Jamestown CBC Bill Seleen
  wseleen@stny.rr.com
  716-664-4204
Jamestown, NY
Dec. 17, 2017 St. Bonaventure CBC Regina M. VanScoy
  vanscoy716@outlook.com
  716-925-7109
Dec. 23, 2017 Beaver Meadow CBC Tom Kerr
  tkerr.buffaloaudubon@gmail.com
  Beaver Meadow 585-457-3228 Tues - Sat
Java, NY
Start time is 8 AM, but come at 7:30 for coffee and donuts!
Dec. 27, 2017 St. Catharines CBC Bob Highcock / Jean Hampson
  bob.jean@sympatico.ca
  home: 905-688-1260, cell: 905-327-5457
St. Catharines, ON
Dec. 27, 2017 Niagara Falls (ON/NY) CBC Marcie Jacklin for Ontario
  mjacklin@brocku.ca
  905-871-2577

Willie D'Anna for NYS
  dannapotter@roadrunner.com
  716-751-3637
Niagara Falls, NY & ON
Dec. 28, 2017 Oak Orchard CBC Celeste Morien
  celeste.morien@gmail.com
  585-721-8202
Alabama, NY
Dec. 30, 2017 Hamburg-East Aurora CBC Tom O'Donnell
  tmodonnell@roadrunner.com
  716-284-5569
Hamburg-E. Aurora, NY
  Port Colborne CBC Drew Campbell
  drew.campbell@gm.com or drewcampbell@roadrunner.com
  716-668-0759 or cell 812-797-6679
Port Colborne, ON
8 AM: Meet at McDonald's
Highway 3 and Highway 58 in Port Colborne
Jan. 1, 2018 Dunkirk-Fredonia CBC Joanne Goetz
  goetz@netsync.net
  716-673-1627
Dunkirk-Fredonia, NY
photo of King Eider and Ring-billed Gullsphoto of Common Redpoll