2016 – Christmas Bird Count Preview
It’s time for the annual Christmas Bird Count! There are 21 counts in New Hampshire, and they are open to all interested birders. Many are run by New Hampshire Audubon Chapters. Check the list below for a count near you and contact the person listed if you’d like to help.
Each count takes place in a designated “count circle” on a specific day. The coordinator assigns teams to count birds in each section of the circle, but if you live in the circle you can simply count the birds in your backyard. Each count’s survey area stays the same from year to year, comprising a circle fifteen miles in diameter around a central point.
International in scope, the Christmas Bird Count is organized and compiled by the National Audubon Society, who coordinates all count circles so they don’t overlap. Each count picks its own particular survey day between December 14 and January 5. So join in a 100-year-old tradition and have some winter fun!
Results of New Hampshire’s Christmas Bird Counts are published in the winter issue of New Hampshire Bird Records. They are also available on the Christmas Bird Count web site.