Concord Christmas Bird Count: Volunteers Wanted

House Finch. Photo by Joan Chasan.
House Finch. Photo by Joan Chasan.

For more than 100 years, the National Audubon Society has conducted a Christmas Bird Count (CBC) to help researchers understand how the birds of the Americas  are faring. Thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and other Western Hemisphere participate in this annual census and count birds over a 24-hour period. 

The CBC is divided into hundreds of “count circles,” each of which will select its own count day between December 14 and January 5. Everyone is invited to participate in this citizen science project, but you must join an official "count circle" for your results to be counted.

SVT participates in the Concord Circle of the CBC, which has planned its count day for December 30. Participants can either join a field party or stay in the warmth of their homes and count visitors to a bird feeder.

 The Concord Circle's website lists these expectations for the 2018 count:

Our circle may witness a strong flight of winter finches judging from county reports of purple finch numbers and, to the surprise and delight of bird lovers, evening grosbeaks populating fruit trees and feeders all over New England and further south. Middlesex eBird is broadcasting rare bird alerts for red crossbill—flyovers and a few individuals on cones. Time and effort spent learning the flight calls of both crossbill species and evening grosbeak will pay off in birding gold. 

To learn more and register, visit the Concord Circle’s website:

Plus, read our December 2017 Spotlight article on Norm Levey and the Concord Christmas Bird Count.