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 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 the CBCs held within the BOS coverage area and is updated annually with the specific dates, compiler contact information, and details for those who may wish to participate. Contact a compiler for a CBC and get outside for a day of holiday birding!

View a map of the active Audubon CBC circles here: CBC Circles »

2020 CBC Schedule:

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 regulations, the 121st Audubon Christmas Bird Counts for 2020 have been reviewed to determine the safety status of each locality. Compilers have all decided to hold their CBCs, provided the following protocols are put in place:

  •   Cancel ALL in-person compilation gatherings
  •   Social distancing and/or masking are required at all times in the field
  •   Carpooling may only occur within familiar or social "pod" groups
  •   Activities must comply with all current state and municipal COVID-19 guidelines

Dates for each 2020 circle are added below:

Date Count Compiler(s) Center Point / Details
Dec. 19, 2020
Beaver Meadow CBC Tom Kerr
  Beaver Meadow 585-457-3228 Tues - Sat
Java, NY
Start time is 8 AM
Dec. 19, 2020
Wilson-Lake Plains CBC Garner Light
Wilson, NY
NO lunch meeting this year.
Wilson-Lake Plains CBC: Google Map Link »
Dec. 20, 2020
Buffalo Ornithological Society CBC David Gordon
Grand Island, NY

BOS CBC: Google Map Link »
Dec. 20, 2020
Jamestown CBC Bill Seleen
  home: 716-386-3209  , cell: 716-499-4204
Jamestown, NY
NO compilation meeting this year.
Dec. 20, 2020
St. Bonaventure CBC Regina M. VanScoy
Dec. 20, 2020
St. Catharines CBC Bob Highcock / Jean Hampson
  home: 905-688-1260, cell: 905-327-5457
St. Catharines, ON
Dec. 27, 2020
Granger-Hunt CBC Matt Nusstein
Granger, NY
This circle covers a large area of
Section 19 in the BOS Study Region.
Call Matt to volunteer!
Dec. 27, 2020
Niagara Falls (ON/NY) CBC Marcie Jacklin for Ontario

Willie D'Anna for NYS
Niagara Falls, NY & ON
Dec. 28, 2020
Oak Orchard CBC Celeste Morien
Alabama, NY
Jan. 1, 2021
Dunkirk-Fredonia CBC Joanne Goetz
Dunkirk-Fredonia, NY
Jan. 2, 2021
Hamburg-East Aurora CBC Tom O'Donnell
Hamburg-E. Aurora, NY
Jan. 2, 2021
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
photo of King Eider and Ring-billed Gullsphoto of Common Redpoll