The National Audubon Society has conducted Christmas bird counts since the year 1900. Volunteers from throughout the Western Hemisphere go afield during one calendar day between December 14 and January 5 to record every bird species and individual bird encountered within a designated 15-mile diameter circle. These records now comprise an extensive ornithological database that enables monitoring of winter bird populations and the overall health of the environment.
Participants are typically assigned to teams based on their bird identification skills and endurance. Many counts hold a compilation dinner at the end of the day where results are tabulated and stories shared. There is no longer a participation fee. Help is needed on most of these counts, so find one or more of interest to you and contact the compiler for information.
by Walter Thurber
AZAW CBC 2016 - Total Species = 105 and Total Individuals = 2726
AZAW CBC 2017 - Total Species = 102 and Total Individuals = 4448
AZAW CBC 2018 - Total Species = 104 and Total Individuals = 3176
If you would like to participate please email Suzanne Wilcox to get more information.