Pittsburgh Area Christmas Counts

The National Aviary invites its members and friends to contribute to an important nationwide bird survey, the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), begun in 1900 and sponsored by the National Audubon Society.  Since the Christmas Bird Count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteer citizen scientists—bird watchers like you!—to help with monitoring winter bird populations.

There are a dozen different count circles in southwestern PA whose organizers are looking for more participants.  The one-day counts are scheduled from December 14 to January 5, and anybody can participate, regardless of age or birding skill level!

The counts take place within "count circles” that are 15 miles across, and each is led by a count compiler. If you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher. It’s a great way to learn more about your local birds.  Also, if you live within the boundaries of a count circle, then you can participate by reporting a count of the birds that visit your feeder (called a feeder count) on the appointed day. 

If you have never participated in a CBC before, don’t let that stop you—CBC compilers always welcome more help!

Want to participate in a CBC?  Here's how!

Just contact the compiler of a CBC near you (see map and list below) and let that compiler know you would like to participate—they will gladly fill you in on all of the necessary details!