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Christmas Bird Count

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When: Jan 05, 2019 from 07:00 am to 05:00 pm

What’s the oldest and grandest tradition in birding? Christmas Bird Counts, of course! All over the Americas, birders will be participating in one-day counts between Dec. 15, 2017 and Jan. 6, 2018.

Christmas Bird Count 2013 - Tinsley Hunsdorfer
Christmas Bird Counters plan their route through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Contact: 971-222-6121
Joe Liebezeit - jliebezeit@audubonportland.org
Candace Larson - clarson@audubonportland.org

The Portland Christmas Bird Count wants YOU…

…to count birds on Saturday, January 5! Whether spending an entire day in the field or even just an hour watching your bird feeder, you can contribute significantly to our knowledge of bird life in the Portland area — even if you’re a beginning birder. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the longest running community science project in North America. The results have provided critical information on the status and changes in bird populations over the 118 years it has been conducted. Please help out this year!

History of the Christmas Bird Count

Begun in 1900 as an alternative to the traditional hunts of anything that flew during Christmas Day, hundreds of Christmas Bird Counts are now conducted throughout the Western Hemisphere, and they continue to contribute valuable scientific data to the longest existing records of bird population trends. 

An amazing bibliography of Christmas Bird Count research and the entire historical record can be found here. Naturally, everyone likes the idea of contributing to science, but the real reason they’ve exploded in popularity? They’re so much fun!

View a summary of the 90‐year history of the count, with details for the last 10 years, and take a look at Christmas Bird Count FAQs.

About Portland's Christmas Bird Count

All over the Americas, birders will be participating in one-day counts between Dec. 15, 2018 and Jan. 6, 2019. The Audubon Society of Portland conducted its first Christmas Bird Count in 1926. Last year 264 field observers and 130 feeder watchers found 129 species. Those 394 participants made the Portland CBC the second largest in the United States!

Each Christmas Bird Count attempts to count all the birds in a 15-mile-diameter circle on one given day. Check out the detailed CBC Google map to view the areas and subareas of the CBC to see where you'd like to participate. 


You can participate in the count as a 'field observer' or as a 'feeder watcher'. Contact one of the leaders of the CBC near you (listed below map) to sign up as a field observer. 

To be a feeder watcher, download and record your findings on the Feeder Watch form.

Other CBC's in NW Oregon and SW Washington can be found here  — and it’ll be updated regularly as counts are added, so check often!


Christmas Bird Count Leaders 2018

CBC Area Contact
Area 1
Columbia Riparian
Colby Neuman 
Area 2
Southeast Portland 
Dan Strong
Area 3
Lake Oswego 
Lynn Herring
Area 4
Carol Murdock
Area 5
Northwest Hills/Forest Park 
Joe Liebezeit
971-222-6121 or 503-329-6026

Northern Pygmy Owl - Scott Carpenter
Northern Pygmy Owl - Scott Carpenter
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