Christmas Bird Counts Have Begun

Yikes!  Where has the time gone!?  I’m late! 

The 119th Christmas Bird Count (CBC) begins today (Fri 14 Dec 2018) and runs through Saturday 5 Jan 2019.  As I write this post some Christmas Bird Counts are already underway.

Counting birds at Christmastime is an annual international tradition, coordinated in the U.S. by the National Audubon Society. Each “Count” is a 15-mile diameter circle manned by volunteers who count the birds they see in a single 24-hour period. Each circle has a Compiler who makes sure there’s no birding overlap.

In the Pittsburgh area there are 14+ circles shown in the map and table below.  Some are as early as tomorrow, Sat Dec 15.

It’s easy to participate.  Volunteer to count at your own feeders or out in the field.  But first, be sure to call or email the compiler to confirm your assignment. 

Screenshot of 2018 Audubon Christmas Bird Count map; Click to see the real map

This list of Pittsburgh area counts is a subset of Pennsylvania’s CBCs.  Please see the PSO Nov 2018 newsletter for the real thing.

Count NameCounty (general area)DateCoordinatorContact Info
BeaverBeaverSat Dec 15Rick 724-847-0909
Buffalo CreekWashingtonSun Dec 16Larry 412-508-0321
Buffalo Creek ValleyButler, ArmstrongSat Dec 15George, 724-353-9649
Bushy RunWestmorelandSun Dec 30Dick 724-593-3543
ButlerButler, Lawrence, MercerSat Dec 15Glenn Koppel & Mary Alice 703-203-3362
ClarksvilleGreeneSat Dec 22Terry 724-998-7099
Sun Dec 23Bob
IndianaIndianaWed Dec 26Roger & Marg Higbee724-354-3493
OhiopyleFayette, SomersetSat Jan 5Matt Juskowich412-999-0394
PittsburghAlleghenySat Dec 29Brian Shema, ASWP Christmas Bird Count
South Hills
AlleghenySat Dec 15Nancy Page412-221-4795
RectorWestmorelandSun Dec 23Luke 724-593-7521
RyersonGreeneSat Dec 29Marjorie 724-852-3155
South ButlerButlerSun Dec 16Chris 412-963-6100
WashingtonWashingtonSat Dec 15Thomas 724-223-6118

I’ll be counting in the Pittsburgh circle on Sat. 29 Dec 2018.  Coordinated by Brian Shema at AWSP, the Pittsburgh CBC has so many participants that it’s divided into sections with compilers for each one.

Check the CBC map on the National Audubon website to find a circle near you.

Now’s the time to count.

(photo by Kate St. John, screenshot of CBC map from National Audubon)

2 thoughts on “Christmas Bird Counts Have Begun

    1. Matt, I’ve added it to the table. It’s not on Audubon’s latest map so don’t know it’s PAxx code.

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