Christmas Bird Counts Have Begun

Yikes!  Where has the time gone!?  I’m late! 

The 119th Christmas Bird Count (CBC) begins today (Fri 14 Dec 2018) and runs through Saturday 5 Jan 2019.  As I write this post some Christmas Bird Counts are already underway.

Counting birds at Christmastime is an annual international tradition, coordinated in the U.S. by the National Audubon Society. Each “Count” is a 15-mile diameter circle manned by volunteers who count the birds they see in a single 24-hour period. Each circle has a Compiler who makes sure there’s no birding overlap.

In the Pittsburgh area there are 14+ circles shown in the map and table below.  Some are as early as tomorrow, Sat Dec 15.

It’s easy to participate.  Volunteer to count at your own feeders or out in the field.  But first, be sure to call or email the compiler to confirm your assignment. 

Screenshot of 2018 Audubon Christmas Bird Count map; Click to see the real map

This list of Pittsburgh area counts is a subset of Pennsylvania’s CBCs.  Please see the PSO Nov 2018 newsletter for the real thing.

Count Name Code Date Coordinator Contact Info
Beaver PABV Sat Dec 15 Rick Mason 724-847-0909
Buffalo Creek PABK Sun Dec 16 Larry Helgerman bobolink1989 AT 412-508-0321
Buffalo Creek Valley PABC Sat Dec 15 George Reese, 724-353-9649
Bushy Run PABR Sun Dec 30 Dick Byers otusasio AT 724-593-3543
Butler PABU Sat Dec 15 Glenn Koppel & Mary Alice Koeneke macatilly AT 703-203-3362
Clarksville PACL Sat Dec 22 Terry Dayton tdayton AT 724-998-7099
Imperial PAIM Sat Dec 23 Bob Mulvihill robert.mulvihill AT
Indiana PAIN Wed Dec 26 Roger & Marg Higbee 724-354-3493
bcoriole AT
rvhigbee AT
Pittsburgh PAPI Sat Dec 29 Brian Shema, ASWP bshema AT ASWP Christmas Bird Count
South Hills
PASH Sat Dec 15 Nancy Page 412-221-4795
Rector PART Sun Dec 23 Luke DeGroot degrootel AT 724-593-7521
Ryerson PARY Sat Dec 29 Marjorie Howard birdwatcher108 AT 724-852-3155
South Butler PAST Sun Dec 16 Chris Kubiak 412-963-6100
Washington PAWS Sat Dec 15 Thomas Contreras tcontreras AT 724-223-6118

I’ll be counting in the Pittsburgh circle on Sat. 29 Dec 2018.  Coordinated by Brian Shema at AWSP, the Pittsburgh CBC has so many participants that it’s divided into sections with compilers for each one.

Check the CBC map on the National Audubon website to find a circle near you.

Now’s the time to count.

(photo by Kate St. John, screenshot of CBC map from National Audubon)