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: Saturday, December 18, 2021
Compilers: John & Pat Thaxton
Phone: (518) 576-4232
Details: The Ferrisburgh count circle includes a swath of Lake Champlain shoreline as far west as Route 22. There is no gathering this year due to COVID-19.

Elizabethtown, NY

Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021
Compiler: Betsy Miner and Mar Bodine
Email: (Betsy Miner) or (Mar Bodine)
Phone: (518) 891-6685 (Betsy) & (518) 891-5410 (Mar)
Details: No gathering is planned this year due to COVID-19.

Massena, NY – Cornwall, ON

Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021
Compiler: Eileen Wheeler
Phone: (315) 386-2482
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. There will be no compilation gathering this year due to COVID-19.

Plattsburgh, NY

Date: Sunday, December 19, 2021
Compiler: Michael B. Burgess
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. 

Potsdam—Canton, NY

Date: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Compiler: Jeff Bolsinger
Phone: (315) 854-0852
Given uncertainty about how COVID will be, there will not be any in-person gatherings.

Saranac Lake, NY

Date: Sunday, January 2, 2022
Compiler: Steve Langdon
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.

Christmas Bird Count FAQ’s