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Christmas Bird Count


The first Christmas Bird Count was held on Christmas Day in 1900, with 27 participants in 25 locations, as an alternative to the Side Hunt that was traditional at that time. This new idea was to count, rather than shoot, the birds seen. It has truly caught on, and expanded a bit, as recent year’s CBC included over 50,000 participants in almost 2,000 locations! 


This is the longest ongoing community science project in the world — as we count every bird heard or seen in our count circle. It's a fine tradition that is enjoyable as well as useful by providing data for various scientific projects and studies. Learn more!

Tahoma Audubon's Christmas Bird Count falls on the second Saturday in December. If you're interested in participating, subscribe to our e-news to stay up to date on this and other opportunities to get outside and go birding.


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