Please join us December 14, 2017 - January 5, 2018 for the Christmas Bird Count! To find a count near you, see the 2017-18 CBC schedule.
Prior to the turn of the 20th century, people engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas "Side Hunt": They would choose sides and go afield with their guns; whoever brought in the biggest pile of feathered (and furred) quarry won.
Conservation was in its beginning stages around in that era, and many observers and scientists were becoming concerned about declining bird populations. Beginning on Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank M. Chapman, an early officer in the then nascent Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition-a "Christmas Bird Census"-that would count birds during the holidays rather than hunt them.
So began the Christmas Bird Count. Thanks to the inspiration of Chapman and the enthusiasm of twenty-seven dedicated birders, twenty-five Christmas Bird Counts were held that day. The locations ranged from Toronto, Ontario to Pacific Grove, California with most counts in or near the population centers of northeastern North America.
Want to sign up for a Christmas Bird Count in Arizona? Check out the schedule and contact a compiler near you!
Sharpen your Christmas Bird Count skills with this helpful presentation from Troy Corman, the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Avian Monitoring Coordinator - Christmas Bird Count Tips and Techniques,"Making your annual CBC experience even better," an Arizona Filed Ornithologists Workshop