Christmas Bird Count - Citizen Science in Action

Red-tailed Hawk gets
counted!

by F. Portmann

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count, a tradition first proposed by ornithologist Frank M. Chapman on Christmas Day 1900, is the nation's longest-running citizen-science bird project. New York City Audubon plays its part in this annual bird population survey, which is now conducted across North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Pacific Islands. The data collected by observers over the past century allow researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. View the full history of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and the compiled nationwide data here.

[b]Map of Christmas Bird Counts in 2015 as Part of the Lower Hudson Count Circle[/b]Map of Christmas Bird Counts in 2015 as Part of the Lower Hudson Count Circle

The 117th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will soon be under way nationwide, and in all five boroughs of New York City. NYC Audubon is responsible for reporting data for the Lower Hudson Count Circle, which includes all of Manhattan and parts of New Jersey. And we host Manhattan's Central Park compilation gathering at the Central Park Arsenal each year, a festive event! This year's Central Park Count will take place on Sunday, December 18. Several other "Lower Hudson Circle" counts will take place that same day in areas such as Inwood Hill, Harlem, Riverside Park, Bryant Park, the Lower East Side, Battery Park, Randall's Island, and Liberty State Park (in New Jersey). For more information about any of these counts, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Central Park Count Schedule: Sunday, December 18

8am: Meet at the South Pump Station of the Reservoir (85th Street & 5th Avenue). All counting groups will be escorted by Urban Park Rangers.

12:30pm: Data tally and refreshments at the Arsenal Gallery (3rd floor of the Arsenal at 64th Street & 5th Avenue).

Dress warmly and don’t forget your binoculars! To register for the Central Park Christmas Bird Count and for more information, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To get more information or sign up for other New York City counts, please contact the coordinator for each borough, below: 

Count

Date

Coordinator

eMail

The Bronx

Monday, 12/26

Michael Bochnik

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Brooklyn

Saturday, 12/17

Bobbi Manian

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Queens

Sunday, 12/18

Corey Finger

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Staten Island

Saturday, 12/17

Cliff Hagen

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To see this year’s results from all over the country as they come in, as well as to get historical data from years prior, visit Audubon’s website here.

 

Results from Previous Counts 

116th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Central Park Results (2015)

116th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - New Jersey/Lower Hudson Results (2015)

115th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Central Park Count Results

115th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - New Jersey/Lower Hudson Count Results

114th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Central Park Count Results

114th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - New Jersey/Lower Hudson Count Results

113th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Central Park Results

113th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Inwood Hill Results

113th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Lower Manhattan Results

113th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Riverside North Results

113th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Riverside South Results

113th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Stuyvesant Cove Results

113th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Chelsea Results

113th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Randall's Island Results

112th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Central Park Results

112th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Inwood Hill Results

112th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Lower Manhattan Results

112th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Riverside North Results

112th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Riverside South Results

112th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Stuyvesant Cove Results

 

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