Christmas Bird Counts Coming Soon

Birding at Duck Hollow (photo by Kate St. John)

‘Tis the season to count birds.

Audubon’s 120th annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is about to begin. Every year from December 14 through January 5 volunteers count the birds they see in a single 24-hour period within 15-mile diameter “count” circles.

It’s easy to participate. No experience is necessary.  Count at your feeders or in the field. Count on your own or in a group.

Choose a location and date that suits you from the map at  Click on the bird icon inside the circle for a description and contact information, then contact the Count Coordinator to let them know you’re counting. The Coordinator makes sure you don’t double-count someone else’s territory and helps you join a group if you wish.

17 counts are planned in southwestern Pennsylvania, listed in the table at the end.

I’ll be counting in the Pittsburgh circle on Saturday, December 28. It has so many participants that each section has its own compiler.  Click here on the ASWP website for the sections and contacts.

(map from

Visit Audubon’s website for the complete list and map at “Join the Christmas Bird Count.”

I hope to see you in the field!

Table of 2019 Christmas Bird Counts near Pittsburgh

Count NameCounty (general area)DateCoordinatorContact Info
BeaverBeaverSat Dec 21Rick 724-847-0909
Buffalo CreekWashingtonSun Dec 15Larry 412-508-0321
Buffalo Creek ValleyButler, ArmstrongSat Dec 14George, 724-353-9649
Bushy RunWestmorelandSun Dec 29Dick 724-593-3543
ButlerButler, Lawrence, MercerSat Dec 14Glenn Koppel & Mary Alice
ClarionClarionSat Jan 4Debbie 724-526-5693
ClarksvilleGreeneSat Dec 28Terry 724-627-9665
Grove CityButler, Mercer, Lawrence, VenangoSat Dec 21Brendyn 724-496-4856
Sun Jan 5Bob
IndianaIndianaThu Dec 26Roger & Marg Higbee724-354-3493
OhiopyleFayette, SomersetSat Jan 4Matt Juskowich412-999-0394
PittsburghAlleghenySat Dec 28Brian Shema, ASWP Christmas Bird Count
South Hills
AlleghenySat Dec 14Nancy Page412-221-4795
RectorWestmorelandSun Dec 15Annie 724-593-7521
RyersonGreeneFri Dec 20Marjorie 724-852-3155
South ButlerButlerSat Jan 4Chris 412-963-6100
WashingtonWashingtonSun Dec 15Thomas 724-223-6118

(photo by Kate St. John, maps from

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