The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. For more information on the history of the count and how the data is used today, click here.
Each year the Ney Nature Center serves as an established CBC circle. Families, professional birders or ‘newbies,’ armed with bird guides and checklists, observe their bird feeding stations or explore select areas within a 7.5 mile radius of the Ney Nature Center. Thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in this adventure each season between December 14 and January 5, an event that has become a family tradition for generations.
We are inviting you, your family, and friends to partake in our 20th annual count. There are two ways you can participate:
- If you reside within the 7.5 mile radius (view image below) and want to join the count out of your home or on the go, please contact us, and we will send you a packet of information along with a tally sheet to record your data.
- If you do not reside within the 7.5 mile radius (view image below), a naturalist will be available at the NNC from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm to help direct volunteers and answer questions.
Instructions for doing the count at home
- You may wish to count once or several times throughout the day, keeping in mind that winter birds typically feed after the sun rises, shortly after noon, and again from 3:00 pm to sunset. The tally sheet has four times indicated, and we encourage participants to carry out their count during those times.
- When you return your final tally, send or bring it to the NNC. Treats will be served in the afternoon on December 17th for anyone that brings in their form.
- If you observe birds not listed on the tally sheet, please list them. Photos of birds not on the list are also helpful.
- Indicate the area/address in which you counted and the amount of time spent counting at the bird feeder and traveling.
- In the final tally, please include the greatest number of species observed at one time, so as not to count a bird more than twice. For example:
|Tally Sheet||8:30 am||11:30 am||1:30 pm||3:30 pm|
|Final Tally||7 Blue Jays||9 Pheasants||8 Chickadees|