Audubon’s Annual Christmas Bird Count


Northern New York Audubon participates in
Christmas Bird Counts (CBC), a citizen science project organized by the National Audubon Society. From December 14 through January 5 volunteers across the country help get a snap shot of the bird population. The first CBC was in 1900 and was the idea of ornithologist Frank Chapman. There were 25 counts done that first year. In recent years the number of counts has been over 1,800. Six circles are in the Northern New York region and we encourage members and non-members alike to participate in the Christmas Bird Counts. No experience is necessary and it is a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors during the holidays. For more information, view our CBC FAQ’s below.

Ferrisburgh, VT/NY

Date: TBD
Compilers: John & Pat Thaxton
Email: JPThax5317@aol.com
Phone: (518) 576-4232
Details: The Ferrisburgh count circle includes a swath of Lake Champlain shoreline as far west as Route 22.

Plattsburgh, NY

Date: TBD
Compiler: Michael B. Burgess
Email: mburg005@plattsburgh.edu
Phone: (518) 564-5277
Details: The count is centered near the Plattsburgh International airport, and the circle includes a portion of the western shoreline of Grand Isle, VT, plus numerous exceptional birding hot spots, including Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area, extensive shoreline, Cumberland Head, and numerous wetland and agricultural habitats. 

Elizabethtown, NY

Date: TBD
Compiler: Betsy Miner and Mar Bodine
Email: corgiforest@gmail.com (Betsy Miner) or marbo@verizon.net (Mar Bodine)
Phone: (518) 891-6685 (Betsy) & (518) 891-5410 (Mar)

Potsdam—Canton, NY

Date: TBD
Compiler: Jeff Bolsinger
Email: jsbolsinger@yahoo.com
Phone: (315) 854-0852
Details:
2021 will mark the 13th consecutive, and the fourth registered and official, Potsdam—Canton CBC.

Saranac Lake, NY

Date: TBD
Compiler: Steve Langdon
Email: sflangdon@gmail.com
Details:
Centered in Ray Brook, this count includes the villages of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Bloomingdale. New participants are welcome and past participants should indicate their willingness to cover the same territory as the past, or interest in covering a different territory. Shortly before count day a list of territories and maps, based on confirmed participation, will be emailed. The Saranac Lake CBC is centered in Ray Brook and includes the villages of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Bloomingdale.

Massena, NY – Cornwall, ON

Date: TBD
Compiler: Eileen Wheeler
Email: eiwheeler@yahoo.com
Phone: (315) 386-2482
Details:
We welcome you to the Massena portion of the Massena – Cornwall CBC. A little more than half the circle is on the US side of the border.

Christmas Bird Count FAQ’s

Menu