Christmas Bird Count 2022

Christmas Bird Count in New York City. Photo: Camilla Cerea / Audubon
The 123rd annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count—the nation's longest-running Community-Science bird project—will soon be underway nationwide, and in all five boroughs of New York City.

Anyone can participate, even beginner birders! The data collected over the past century by volunteer observers, ranging from experienced ornithologists to casual nature enthusiasts, allow researchers to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. This family-friendly activity is a great way to explore our City's natural areas while contributing to valuable scientific research, and we encourage all to participate! 
 

Christmas Bird Counts in Manhattan and Northern New Jersey

NYC Audubon is coordinating counts for the New Jersey Lower Hudson (NJLH) count circle, which take place on Sunday, December 18 across all of Manhattan, Governors Island, Randall's Island, and parts of northern New Jersey. Count location and tentative start times are listed below:


NJLH Count Location Time (Tentative) NJLH Count Location Time (Tentative)
Bryant Park 12:30pm Hudson Yards 2:30pm
Central Park 8am East Village 7:30am
Governors Island 10:15am Harlem Parks 7:30am
Hudson & Bergen County, NJ 9am Inwood Hill 7:30am
Lower East Side (East River Park & Corlears Hook Park) 8am Madison Square Park (accessible sit and count) 9am
NY Harbor & Lower Manhattan 8am Randall's Island Between 8 - 9am
Riverside Park North (above 96th St) 8am Riverside Park South (below 96th St) 8:30am
Stuyvesant Town & Cove 8:30am Union Square Park 9am
Washington Square Park 9am

To participate in any of the counts above, including our popular Central Park Christmas bird count, please register using our Google form. Registration is required for the Compilation Gathering at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park (limited to 80 registrants). There are several NJLH counts occurring in multiple locations that Sunday, most starting in the morning, with a couple starting in the afternoon. You can register for both morning and afternoon counts using the form.

If you do not know which specific NJLH count location would like to participate in, no worries! You can indicate the locations you are open to surveying using the form, and we'll then assign you to a count location based on your preferences!

Registration will be open through Thursday, December 15, but registration by Friday, December 9 is strongly encouraged. For more information about NJLH counts, email us at christmasbirdcount@nycaudubon.org.

 


The Christmas Bird Count is a great activity for the whole family. Photo: Camilla Cerea
The Christmas Bird Count is a great activity for the whole family. Photo: Camilla Cerea
A Great Horned Owl is always an exciting find at Christmas Bird Counts. Photo: François Portmann
A Great Horned Owl is always an exciting find at Christmas Bird Counts. Photo: François Portmann
Participants count the number of birds in a flock in Central Park. Photo: Camilla Cerea/National Audubon
Participants count the number of birds in a flock in Central Park. Photo: Camilla Cerea/National Audubon

Christmas Bird Counts Elsewhere in New York City

In addition to NJLH circle counts, Christmas bird counts for circles in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Westchester, Queens, and Staten Island will take place throughout the month of December. These counts are coordinated by compilers independent of New York City Audubon, but we encourage you to participate in them if you can. The more data we can all gather throughout the City's five boroughs, the better for our birds! For information on how to participate in counts for Brooklyn, the Bronx and Westchester, Queens, and Staten Island, please see contact information in the table below. 


Location/Count Circle
Date Contact Name Contact Email Website Notes
Bronx & Westchester Mon, Dec 26, 2022 Michael Bochnik bochnikm@cs.com LINK Contact Michael Bochnik or one of the regional area leaders (see web site) if you wish to participate in the field or if you want to count at a feeder
Brooklyn Sat, Dec 17, 2022 Bobbi Manian roberta.manian@gmail.com
Registration deadline: December 10, 2022
Queens
Sun, Dec 18, 2022
Corey Finger 10000birdsblogger@gmail.com
LINK Registration deadline: December 4, 2022
Staten Island Sat, Dec 17, 2022
Cliff Hagen chagen72@gmail.com


Christmas Bird Count History and Data

Learn about the full history of the Christmas Bird Count and the compiled data here. 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