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!

2018 CBC Schedule:

Date Count Compiler(s) Center Point / Details
Dec. 15, 2018 Wilson-Lake Plains CBC Garner Light
Wilson, NY
Dec. 16, 2018 Buffalo Ornithological Society CBC David Gordon
Grand Island, NY
Dec. 16, 2018 St. Catharines CBC Bob Highcock / Jean Hampson
  home: 905-688-1260, cell: 905-327-5457
St. Catharines, ON
Dec. 17, 2018 Jamestown CBC Bill Seleen
Jamestown, NY
Dec. 17, 2018 St. Bonaventure CBC Regina M. VanScoy
Dec. 22, 2018 Beaver Meadow CBC Tom Kerr
  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, 2018 Niagara Falls (ON/NY) CBC Marcie Jacklin for Ontario

Willie D'Anna for NYS
Niagara Falls, NY & ON
Dec. 27, 2018 Oak Orchard CBC Celeste Morien
Alabama, NY
Dec. 29, 2018 Hamburg-East Aurora CBC Tom O'Donnell
Hamburg-E. Aurora, NY
Dec. 29, 2018 Port Colborne CBC Drew Campbell or
  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, 2019 Dunkirk-Fredonia CBC Joanne Goetz
Dunkirk-Fredonia, NY
photo of King Eider and Ring-billed Gullsphoto of Common Redpoll