Volunteers from the Brooklyn Bird Club participate in the 121st Christmas Bird Count in Prospect Park, Brooklyn in December 2020. Luke Franke/Audubon
Christmas Bird Count

Join the Christmas Bird Count

You can add to a century of community science by joining a count near you.

Join the Christmas Bird Count

You can add to a century of community science by joining a count near you.

Audubon's 122nd Christmas Bird Count will take place Tuesday, December 14, 2021 through Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

 The Christmas Bird Count occurs December 14 to January 5 every year.  Sign up to receive information and results about all of Audubon's community science programs through American Birds, our newsletter by email. 

Oct 2021: Please read our COVID-19 safe requirements  available here 

Click here for a  map view of the circles expected to be included in the 122nd CBC.

In November you will also be able to view the circles by state or use ESRI's free mobile app to view updated public maps of all CBC circles by state! Click here to download the free ESRI Explorer app for iOS or Android. Find CBC circles by searching on your state’s full name + “Christmas Bird Count”.


Follow these steps to participate in Audubon's Christmas Bird Count:

Step 1
Read these details to become familiar with Audubon's Christmas Bird Count.

Step 2
Check out the map above to find a count near you. Green and yellow circles are open for new participants, and red circles are full. 

Step 3
To arrange participation contact compilers by email in advance of count day by using the information from the circle pop-ups on the map. 

Step 4
Sign up for American Birds so you can hear about the results of the Christmas Bird Count and other Audubon community science programs!

Step 5
Already signed up for a count? Then head over to our CBC Live tracker to see photos posted from others who are scouting for or participating in the Christmas Bird Count, and upload your own photos!



Tufted Titmouse. Michele Black/Great Backyard Bird Count


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