Christmas Bird Counts

NNYA participates in
Christmas Bird Counts, a citizen science project organized by the National Audubon Society. From December 14 through January 5 volunteers across the country help get a snap shot of the bird population. The first CBC was in 1900 and was the idea of ornithologist Frank Chapman. There were 25 counts done that first year. In recent years the number of counts has been over 1,800. Six circles are in the NNYA region and we encourage members and non-members alike to participate in the Christmas Bird Counts. No experience is necessary and it is a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors during the holidays. Contact one of the CBC compilers below to participate in this year’s count.




Audubon’s 114th Annual Christmas Bird Count


Ferrisburgh (VT/NY) CBC

Saturday, December 14th. The Ferrisburgh count circle includes a swath of Lake Champlain shoreline as far west as Route 22. For information contact John & Pat Thaxton: or 518.576.4232.


Plattsburgh (NY) CBC

Sunday, December 15th. The count circle is centered on Route 9 just south of the entrance to the former Plattsburgh Air Base. As the participants in this count do not meet before dispersing to their territories, to arrange for a territory contact Michael B. Burgess @ (518) 564-5277 or


Elizabethtown (NY) CBC

Saturday, December 21st. If you are interested in participating in this year’s count, please contact Charlotte Demers at: or (518) 582-2157. The count dinner will be held at the lovingly refurbished Deer’s Head Inn at 5:00 p.m. (bar opens at 4:00).


Potsdam—Canton (NY) CBC

Saturday. December 21st. This will be the 5th consecutive, and the first registered and official, Potsdam—Canton CBC. Call Jeff Bolsinger: (315) 854-0852; or email:


Massena, N.Y.-Cornwall, ON CBC

Saturday, December 28th. Join us for the 42nd annual Massena portion of the Massena-Cornwall CBC on December 28th. A little more than half of the circle is on the US side of the border. We look forward to a festive count dinner in Massena afterwards. Call Eileen Wheeler at 315-386-2482 or


Saranac Lake (NY) CBC

Sunday, December 29th. Interested potential participants should email or call Larry Master, (518) 645-1545 to indicate their availability to participate in this year’s count. Past participants should indicate your willingness to cover the same territory they have covered in the past. Shortly before count day, I will email a list of territories and maps based on responses to this email and telephone conversations.