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Cardinals are among the birds reported each year in the Christmas Bird Count, used to monitor the health of bird populations
Cardinals are among the birds reported each year in the Christmas Bird Count, used to monitor the health of bird populations. Here, a male cardinal shows off its can’t-miss coloring and distinctive crest.
Credit: Thomas G. Barnes, USFWS

Annual Christmas Bird Count


Join a tradition over 100 years in the making. From December 14 through January 5, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in the Annual Christmas Bird Count. This census is the longest running ornithological database and 100 percent volunteer-generated data that has become crucial to the government’s natural history monitoring.

Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission — often before dawn. From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Count does it for love of birds and the excitement of friendly competition — and with the knowledge that their efforts are making a difference for science and bird conservation. So grab those binoculars along with a pencil and paper, and go count!

For more information on the Christmas Bird Count and how to get involved, visit the National Audubon Society.

Saturday, December 19 — Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota. Join a team of birders or take an assignment on your own. For more information: Nancy Haugen 763-389-3323 ext.13, nancy_haugen@fws.gov or visit http://www.fws.gov/midwest/sherburne/.

Monday, December 28 — Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, Texas. For more information: Stuart Marcus 936-336-9786, stuart_marcus@fws.gov or visit http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/texas/trinityriver/index.html.

A complete list of refuge activities and special events is available at:  http://www.fws.gov/refuges/SpecialEvents/FWS_SpecialEvents_Search.cfm


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