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113th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count: Dec. 14 - Jan. 5

Dec. 14, 2012 - Jan. 5, 2013

The Christmas Bird Count is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with more than 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada and other countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24-hour period to count birds.

From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the count does it for the love of birds and the excitement of friendly competition — and with the knowledge that their efforts are making a difference for science and bird conservation.

All individual Christmas Bird Counts are conducted from December 14 - January 5, and each count takes place during one calendar day.

Also, there's big news with the upcoming 113th count! The Christmas Bird Count is now a free program. Audubon will no longer charge the $5.00 fee to field participants.

For complete details, visit: http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count. Beginning in mid November, click on "Find a Count Near You" to get involved.

You may also be interested in reading "Serious Fun: Audubon Christmas Bird Count" featured in the Holiday 2008 issue of Coastwatch magazine.