The Christmas Bird Count takes place every year in designated areas called “count circles”.
These circles are 15 miles in diameter and stay the same from year to year. 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.
There are 21 counts in New Hampshire, and they are open to all interested birders. Many are run by NH Audubon Chapters. Each count picks its own particular survey day between December 14 and January 5. Teams go out and survey sections of the count circle, but there are also feeder watchers within the circle who tally the birds in their backyards.
See a list of the state’s Christmas Bird Counts and who to contact if you are interested in participating.
Photos, from the top: Beginning birding class outing by Dyanna Smith, Tufted Titmouse by Walter Keane.
The New Hampshire Audubon offers multiple opportunities for those interested in joining us as a member or donating for one of our various causes.
Founded in 1914, NH 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. NH Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on NH Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit www.nhaudubon.org.