Join the 100-Year-Old Tradition and Have Fun at NH Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count

Posted on December 4, 2014

21 Counts Scheduled for December 13, 2014 through January 1, 2015

Concord, New Hampshire – Annual Christmas Bird Counts gather information about bird populations throughout the Granite State and the Americas. This volunteer-fueled effort is open to all interested birders and helps document the number and species of birds in each area, or “count circle.”

Organized and compiled by the National Audubon Society, the Christmas Bird Count is a century-old tradition that includes multiple counts occurring on a specific day in each area. Many of New Hampshire’s counts are run by NH Audubon, and all are led by a coordinator who assigns teams to count birds in each section. If you live in one of the designated areas, you can simply count and report the birds in your backyard to assist with this important effort. Each count’s survey area stays the same from year to year, comprising a circle 15 miles in diameter around a central point.

Those interested in participating in this fun winter activity may find the count nearest them via the schedule below and contact the coordinator associated with the area. The schedule is also available online at nhbirdrecords.org. A map of all New Hampshire count circles is also available online.

  1. Pittsburg: Monday, December 22, 2014. Contact coordinator David Govatski at 603-586-7776 or David.Govatski@gmail.com to participate.
  2. Errol-Umbagog: Tuesday, December 23, 2014. Contact coordinator Chris Martin at 603-224-9909 extension 317 or cmartin@nhaudubon.org to participate.
  3. Littleton: Sunday, December 21, 2014. Contact David Govatski at 603-586-7776 or Govatski@gmail.com, or Mary Boulanger at 603- 444-6993 or mboul@roadrunner.com, to participate.
  4. North Conway: Saturday, December 20, 2014. Contact Corrie Blodgett from Tin Mountain Conservation Center at 603-447-6991 or cblodgett@tinmountain.org to participate.
  5. Baker Valley: Sunday, December 14, 2014: Contact Steve Rounds at 603-764-9011 or ullungdo96@yahoo.com, or Nory Parr at 603-786-9896 or northparr@gmail.com to participate.
  6. Hanover-Norwich: Thursday, January 1, 2015. Contact coordinator Dan Crook at 603-448-2544 or Walter Ellison at rossgull61@gmail.com to participate.
  7. Laconia-New Hampton: Saturday, January 3, 2015. Contact coordinator Pam Hunt at 603-753-9137 or biodiva@myfairpoint.net to participate.
  8. Concord: Sunday, December 14, 2014. Contact coordinator Robert Quinn at RAQbirds@aol.com to participate. Quinn may also be reached at 603-746-2535 for those without access to email.
  9. Lee-Durham: Sunday, December 21, 2014. Contact coordinator Kurk Dorsey at 603-397-5844 or kd@unh.edu to participate.
  10. Coastal areas: Saturday, December 20, 2014. Contact coordinator Len Medlock at lenmedlock@comcast.net to participate.
  11. Keene: Sunday, December 14, 2014. Contact coordinator Phil Brown at pbrown@nhaudubon.org or 603-224-9909 extension 334 to participate.
  12. Peterborough-Hancock: Saturday, December 20, 2014. Contact coordinator Dave Rowell at 603-924-8790 or daverowell@myfairpoint.net).
  13. Nashua-Hollis: Saturday, December 27, 2014. Contact coordinator Richard Bielawski at 603-429-2537 or rbielawski@mac.com to participate.
  14. Lake Sunapee: Sunday, December 21, 2014. Contact coordinator Gary Stansfield at inuknh@gmail.com to participate. Those without access to email may call 603-863-8737.
  15. Saxtons River (Vermont and New Hampshire): Saturday, December 20, 2014. Contact coordinator Donald Clark at 802-843-2347 or sapsbks@gmail.com to participate.
  16. Manchester: Saturday, December 20, 2014. Contact: coordinator Richard Bielawski at 603-429-2537 or rbielawski@mac.com to participate.
  17. Isles of Shoals: Thursday, January 1, 2015. Contact coordinator Ben Griffith at bgriffith@gmail.com or 603-801-1856 to participate.
  18. Sandwich: Sunday, December 28, 2014. Contact coordinator Tony Vazzano at 603-284-7718 or tvazzano@ncia.net to participate.
  19. Barnet (Vermont and New Hampshire): Thursday, January 1, 2015. Contact coordinator Charlie Browne at 802-592-3545 or ccbrowne63@gmail.com to participate.
  20. Grafton-Bristol: Saturday, December 27, 2014. Contact Bill Belanger at 603-455-3471 or penmen1@metrocast.net to participate.
  21. Crawford Notch: Saturday, December 20, 2014. Contact coordinator Craig Repasz at 203-230-1697 or crepasz@hotmail.com to participate.

Those outside one of the 21 count circles can still take part in the fun during NH Audubon’s annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey in February. Please visit NHBirdRecords.org or email bwbs@nhaudubon.org to join the mailing list to be notified when the date is confirmed.

About New Hampshire Audubon

Founded in 1914, New Hampshire Audubon’s mission is to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. It is an independent statewide membership organization with four nature centers throughout the state. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults at centers and in schools. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. New Hampshire Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on New Hampshire Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit www.nhaudubon.org.

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