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Christmas Bird Count


The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a program of the National Audubon Society and is over 100 years old. This community science project is a bird census wherein thousands of volunteers from across the US, Canada, and many other countries in the Western Hemisphere coordinate to systematically count the number of bird species—as well as the individual numbers of each species— seen within a specifically defined geographical area. Each count area is called a "Circle" and is headed by a count compiler or coordinator. Each circle is further divided into many smaller survey locations. The CBC provides an invaluable profile of bird population numbers, avian movements, and associated trends, such as climate pressures and the impact of land use policies on birds and other wildlife. We encourage volunteers to contribute to this critically important field work by joining a circle.

The Christmas Bird Count dates for 2024 will be announced in the fall.

2023 CBC

Saturday, December 16 - San Diego - Please sign up at this link

The following other counts are taking place:

Sunday  Dec 17 Anza Borrego - Shannon McNeil (
TBA Idyllwild- Robin Roberts (
Monday Dec 18  Lake Henshaw - Chris Staurovsky (
TBA Salton Sea South – Chris McCreedy (
Friday December 29 Oceanside - Patti Langen(
Saturday Dec 30 Escondido - Jim Beckman ( & Ken Weaver (
Friday January 5 Rancho Santa Fe – Robert Patton (

Please direct any questions regarding this year's San Diego CBC to the planning committee

Stay safe and have a happy holiday season!

Explore an interactive map of all of the CBC locations in the United States here.


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