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Volunteer for a CBC near you!

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds.

Christmas Bird Counts will happen across Louisiana from mid-December through the first week of January. Each count takes place in an established 15-mile wide diameter circle, and is organized by a count compiler. Count volunteers follow specified routes through a designated 15-mile (24-km) diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear all day. It's not just a species tally--all birds are counted all day, giving an indication of the total number of birds in the circle that day.

Beginning birders will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birder. If you live within the boundaries of a CBC circle, you can report the birds that visit your feeder on count day. CBCs begin at dawn and conclude at dusk. Contact the Count Circle complier to participate in a CBC.

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