Help NH Audubon Count Birds

You can help New Hampshire Audubon with the annual Christmas Bird Count in December and the Backyard Winter Bird Survey in February.

It’s that time of the year again — time for the annual Christmas Bird Count, an international effort by the National Audubon Society to survey the birds that are frequenting our feeders and forests. And you can help.

In New Hampshire, there are 21 “count circles,” an area 15 miles in diameter around a central point. On a designated day in December or early January, birders who want to take part (all are welcome) form teams and go out to the count circles, which stay the same year to year, to note the birds they see. People within the circle can also tally the birds in their back yard. 

For this year’s dates (they differ from circle to circle) and circle locations, check the website.

There will be another opportunity for counting in February with the annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey, which is coordinated by NH Audubon. Participants report any bird species visiting their yard or feeders.

Both surveys gather information on the distribution and abundance of winter species in New Hampshire.

So put on your woollies and brave the cold for a good cause!