Christmas Bird Count

Christmas Bird Count Compiler Announcements

Here is the information we have shared with compilers by email

120th Annual Christmas Bird Count is Here!

Welcome to the 120th Christmas Bird Count season—we hope this message finds you well. The most wonderful time of the year is around the corner and these are 7 things every compiler should know:

  1. The 120th Christmas Bird Count data entry application is now open. Click here to access the National Audubon Application Portal and enter your count dates, access blank field forms, check your compiler and participant lists, and confirm the information displayed to the public about your count.  Your username and password are the same as last year.
  2. Update your contact information in the “My Profile” section at the top of the screen; this is where you can update your email address and other information. If you change your email address, the new full email address will become your NEW username for your CBC account.
  3. Enter Count Date and Information into the National Audubon Application Portal:

    - Before you can access the rest of the online data entry application, you must to enter the date(s) of your count(s) for the 120th CBC. Click here for instructions on how to use the National Audubon Application Portal

    - The only way for your count information to display on the map of expected circles for the 120th CBC on the “Join the Christmas Bird Count” pages, is by entering data into the portal. Thanks to those of you who have already registered the date(s) of your upcoming count(s). If you have not yet entered yours, please log in soon and enter the date(s) of your forthcoming count(s) as early as possible, in advance of December 14.
  4. Checklists for the 120th CBC are the same as last year’s. Thus, you will not see the Scrub-jay split, the Red and Cassia Crossbill split, and you will find Thayer’s Gull on the checklist. When the checklists are updated in the future, all these changes will be made retroactively, and you won’t need to do any manual management of your CBC records. Click here to access the Compiler’s web page for all the resources and materials you need to run your count and data entry.
  5. Use a new online mapping tool to manage your count circles. ESRI, the leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, and a partner to Audubon developed an online mapping tool that allows you to create and edit sectors in your circle and share this information with party leaders and participants. Many of you helped test the map – Thank you! Your CBC “username” (the email address you use to log into the National Audubon Application Portal) allows access to your count maps. Click here to access the ESRI map. Please refer to instructions in the ESRI map tool to learn how to plot your sectors.
  6. Help Counters Tell their Stories—and tell us yours while you’re at it. Why I Count: This year, Audubon will help you and your counters celebrate the 120th CBC on social media. Stay-tuned for a toolkit with sample social media posts and Templates of Charlie Harper Painted Bunting “Why I Count” Stickers; wear them proudly.  More information to come next week.
  7. Have questions? Ask us. We’re here to help! Email:


Dear CBC Leader,

Thank you for being a community science leader. 

Audubon’s 120th Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the world’s longest-running wildlife census that contributes invaluable data to bird population research, runs Saturday, December 14, 2019 through Sunday, January 5, 2020.

The CBC is one of the biggest opportunities to raise awareness and connect people with nature and community science. You asked for more ways to communicate and share your passion for community science. We listened.

Here’s what’s new this year:

CBC Live 
Audubon has created a free platform where all Christmas Bird Count participants can upload photos to an online map on using a mobile device or computer to share Audubon Christmas Bird Count photos. This platform will go live on Saturday, December 14. Click here to upload your photos to CBC Live.

Media Relations and Social Media Toolkit 
As of this year, all compilers have access to the Audubon Christmas Birdcount Toolkit. In it, you will find Communications objectives and tactics, #AudubonCBC social media toolkit and graphics, Media Release template, and “Why I Count” sticker art. Click here to access the 120th #AudubonCBC toolkit.

ESRI Explorer
Counters can 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 the most recent CBC circles by searching on your U.S. state’s full name plus “Christmas Bird Count”. Counters can also use this direct link on a laptop or desktop.

Cheers and Happy Birding!

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count Team

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