Christmas Bird Count
  Updated 2/13/17

Chatham Christmas Bird Count 2016
Saturday December 17, 2016

Thanks to all who participated!  We tallied a total of 68 species for the day.
                                                       View CBC 2016 report (pdf format) NEW 2/13/17
                                                       View CBC 2015 report (pdf format)
                                                       View CBC 2014 report (pdf format) 
                                                       View CBC 2011 report (pdf format)
                                                       View CBC 2010 report (pdf format)

For details of past counts, go to the Audubon website's CBC data page. Hover your mouse over the word Historical at the top of the page, and click on Results by Count in the drop-down menu. Select the Start Year and End Year you are interested in and then type NYCM in the Count Code box (it is not necessary to enter Country and State if you know the count code). When the count appears below that, click the radio button to the left of it and follow the directions in the pop-up window.

What Is the Christmas Bird Count?

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a program the National Audubon Society started in 1900. It is an early-winter bird census, in which 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. All Christmas Bird Counts takes place between December 14 and January 5. CBC participants are organized into groups - or field parties - by the organizer or compiler of each count. Each field party covers a specific area of the 15-mile diameter circle on a specific route. And anyone is welcome to participate, because compilers arrange field parties so that inexperienced observers are always out with seasoned CBC veterans. Participants do not have to join a field party if they live within a designated CBC circle. If you do live within a circle, you are welcome to count the birds at your feeder. All you’ll need to do is contact your local compiler (our ADBC Bill Cook) to report your results on the count day. For more general information and history of the CBC, go to the Audubon website.